Mayor Matt Hall speaks at a press conference while Jimmy Ukegawa looks on from left. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall apologized to citizens this week over the failed strawberry fields development project.

Hall told a crowd during a City Council meeting: “If an apology is what it takes to bring us together, I would say it a thousand times,” according to a San Diego Union-Tribune article.

Hall was apologetic over a proposed development project that called for a Nordstrom-anchored mall adjacent to the fame strawberry fields. The City Council approved the project but it was rejected by voters last month after a citizens group put the decision up for a special election.

No other council member commented on the issue during the meeting, according to the article.

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