Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Pave the Earth: San Onofre State Beach Threatened
"A toll road agency has approved a six-lane highway through a state park despite opposition from surfers, environmentalists and state officials.
The Transportation Corridor Agencies board voted 12-3 on Thursday to approve the route through San Onofre State Beach, a popular park that President Nixon helped set aside in 1970.
Agency officials say the toll road, which would complete a 65-mile network of such roads in Orange County, is necessary to improve travel between Orange County and San Diego on an increasingly busy corridor.
Opponents, however, say the 16-mile project would ruin the last open-space camping site along a 200-mile stretch of coast ending at the Mexican border. The park is the state's fifth most popular park, with 2.7 million visitors each year."
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