It looks as though the residents there are going to have to have their caviar and champagne airlifted in for the foreseeable future, as Highway 1 is shut down for 61 miles. Most troublesome is the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge just south of the main residential area; it's been closed and condemned due to storm damage, and replacement is expected to take about a year.
It's actually more like a viaduct than an actual bridge, but landslides took out the supporting pillars, and the result is that south of the bridge are the post office, fire station, and the famous retreats such as Esalen. Esalen Institute is situated on 27 acres above the Pacific and hosts, among other things, writing workshops. You can tell they know a lot about writing, as on their website, on the "waters" link, they refer to "Three waters - a confluence of geothermal spring, freshwater spring, and saltware [sic] ocean." Maybe they could use a workshop on proofreading.
Instead of the rich and famous dropping by for spa treatments at the Post Ranch and Ventana Inn, helicopters are dropping supplies to about 450 remaining residents of this glorious ZIP code. The community has turned to self-governing; there’s no law enforcement, elected officials, public services or tourists.
To the north: schools, medical care, grocery stores, hardware stores, livestock supplies and almost all the locals’ homes.
Since the businesses have been pretty much shut down over the past three weeks, putting about 1,000 people out of work. And while they're working on a half-mile footpath around the condemned bridge - set to open Friday - it's going to be steep, narrow, and only open three times a day for 15 minutes at a time. Obviously, only residents in good physical shape will be able to get from one part of Big Sur to the other. Effectively, the are is not only cut off from the rest of California, it's cut off from itself.
With luck, everyone remaining will stay healthy - it costs some $30,000 for an airlift to a hospital, although people with homes on the north side of the bridge might be able to be hauled through the forest for transport from Palo Colorado Road to Carmel.