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09/15/2013 10:48 am ET Updated Nov 15, 2013

An Intervention For Malibu - NYTimes.com

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MALIBU, CALIF. -- Cliffside, Summit, Milestones, Seasons. The names suggest New Age spas or, perhaps, recent-vintage vineyards. They sprawl across the scrubby foothills of this storied coastal town and survey its expensive, eroding beaches, their comforts rivaling those of world-class resorts.

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