Capacity Crowd Packs State Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
San Clemente, CA (November 3, 2005) — More than a thousand people turned out Thursday night for the California State Parks and Recreation Commission meeting in San Clemente. The capacity crowd packed the city’s community center for an opportunity to voice their support or opposition to the planned extension of the 241 Foothill-South Toll Road. Four of the six “alignments proposed by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) place the toll road project directly through the sensitive San Mateo Creek Watershed.
The purpose of the meeting was to allow community members and other stakeholders comment on the project and its implications to the State Parks and Recreation Commission. Among those in attendance were professional surfer and Surfrider Foundation activist Pat O’Connell, Surfer’s Journal publisher Steve Pezman, ex-Surfing Magazine Publisher Bob Mignona, Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Director Sean Smith, Wildcoast activist Serge Dedina, O’Neill Marketing and Surf Team Manager Karin Moran, several members of the C1RCA crew and Volcom’s Brad Dougherty, who showed up with large contingent of company staff in tow.
“We were excited to see such a strong turn out from the community, especially from our surf industry partners, said Surfrider Foundation’s Deputy Environmental Director Mark Rauscher. . “The next several months are going to be pivotal in terms of how the future course of the 241 extension pans out.
Many experts, including those contracted by the TCA, have expressed concern that an alteration or reduction of sediment flow as a result of development along San Mateo Creek would result in “shoreline retreat and possibly significant impacts to the surfing resources. Surfrider Foundation is positioning its resources to ramp up support for its “Save Trestles campaign.
“Our goal right now is to make a concerted push to raise awareness and support among surfers and other stakeholders, says Rauscher. “We need to generate the critical mass necessary to make it clear to our elected officials, especially our local representatives, that their failure to support our natural resources will have repercussions.
For more information on the Surfrider Foundation’s Save Trestles campaign, go to savetrestles.org.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil.