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By Erika I. Ritchie, The Orange County Register, Calif. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 4--LAGUNA BEACH -- This city's welcome mat is frayed at the edges.
Three million visitors pour into town each year, many on Laguna Canyon Road. They drive by the city's maintenance yard with its shacks and run-down trailers before they hit art galleries, shops and beaches.
Officials have haggled for decades over how to make the city's entrance more picturesque and inviting. Finally, a solution may be right around the corner. The city has hired a design firm that has created a plan that would:
--Move the maintenance yard to an 8.5-acre site a mile north on Laguna Canyon Road.
--Create almost …