The word just came out. The ongoing battle to preserve Trestles, San Onofre State Park, and the pristine habitat surrounding these iconic beaches just saw another victory go the way of Mother Nature.
Whispers of the hard fought victory have been flying around all morning, but the official word of the decision is now out: The Department of Commerce today upheld the California Coastal Commission’s objection to a proposal to construct a 16-mile toll road connecting California state Route 241 to Interstate 5 in southern Orange and northern San Diego counties.
According to the NOAA(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), The Secretary of Commerce determined that there is at least one reasonable alternative to the project. The department also found that the project is not necessary in the interest of national security.
The news of this decision is incredible and especially rewarding to the thousands upon thousands who have worked tirelessly in opposition of the toll road. Doing so with the hope of keeping such a majestic area just the way it is. The Surfrider Foundation has taken the lead on this issue and has been at the front lines of the battle for years. Needless to say, news of the victory at Trestles was thrilling for those involved with the organization. “We popped some champagne,” said Mark Rauscher of the San Clemente Chapter, “very cool.”
Very cool indeed. There is a good chances that the Transportation Corridor Agency(TCA) will pull a few legal options out of their crooked hat and this fight will continue. But for now, and hopefully forever, Trestles has been saved.
Posted by Shaun on Thursday, December 18th, 2008 in Surfing.