San Onofre State Beach wins for now

Two Thumbs up! – Mother Nature

San Onofre State Beach in California is enjoyed by more than two and a half million surfers, swimmers, campers, kayakers, birders, anglers, cyclists and sunbathers every year. It is home to 11 threatened or endangered species and significant portions of San Mateo Creek, one of the last unspoiled watersheds in southern California.
The Califirnia highway commission wants to put a toll road through the park. It would force 60 percent of the park to close. It would spoil the world famous surf break at Trestles Beach and would likely cause the abandonment of the 161-unit San Mateo Campground.

Although the park is safe for the moment, the California Secretary of Commerce can override the California Coastal Commission’s decision.

The San Onofre Bluffs portion of San Onofre State Beach features 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of sandy beaches with six access trails cut into the bluff above. The campground is along the old U.S. Route 101 adjacent to the sandstone bluffs. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. San Onofre includes San Onofre Bluffs; San Onofre Surf Beach, a day use facility; San Mateo campgrounds and day use facility; and Trestles Beach, accessible via a nature trail from San Mateo Campgrounds. Alcohol is banned from all beaches within the State Park.[1]
The park includes a marshy area where San Mateo Creek meets the shoreline and Trestles beach, a well-known California surfing site. Whales, dolphins and sea lions can be seen offshore from time to time. The park’s coastal terrace is chaparral-covered.

NRDC and local groups in California are preparing an appeal to ensure that the Coastal Commission’s well-reasoned decision is upheld.

Video: Clint Eastwood reminisces about learning to surf at San Onofre. Watch now! http://oceans.nrdc.org/surfers/video

wildlife images of beach area: http://oceans.nrdc.org/surfers/sanonofre

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: