The San Diego developer told city officials it will go aheadwith the project, despite the Coastal Commission's rejection of thecity's request for changes to the local coastal plan to accommodatethe resort.

The rejection came despite Manchester's offer to build ascaled-down, $80 million version, cutting the number of rooms to300 and trimming a couple of floors from the 12-story twin towers.The project was first proposed as a 400-room, $200 millionhotel.

The original plan was under commission consideration at itsrecent meeting in Long Beach. Either the revised plan or anotherwith no impact to coastal bluffs -- possibly only six stories --will be re-submitted to the city, Manchester officials say.

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