At 9:00AM Wednesday morning, March 13, 2013 the Costa Mesa City Council of Chambers held a meeting to discuss the Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) proposed 5.5 mile extension of the State Route (SR) 241 Toll Road through San Onofre State Beach. Due to its close proximity to one of the most rippable waves on the coast at Lower Trestles, many Surfrider Foundation activists, surfers, ocean recreationalists, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Save San Onofre Coalition partners gathered to oppose the Toll Road in fear of environmental and watershed damage.
Lower Trestles on San Onofre State Beach pumps out some of the most visited waves in the world. Photo: Hurley Pro 2012
This evolving conflict has been an ongoing battle amongst environmentalist and surfers trying to prevent the Toll. The TCA previously proposed an extension of the SR-241 through San Onofre State Beach. In 2008, both the California Coastal Commission (CCC) and the Bush administration denied this proposal because of the potential harm it would cause to the San Onofre watersheds and the entire stretch of coastline environment.
The TCA keeps fighting the verdict, however, because in 2011 they once again proposed a road extension through the same stretch of land, but this time the proposal only included 5.5 miles of land. Not only is this new proposal an obvious attempt to bypass the decision of 2008, it is also a strategy known as “segmentation” or “piecemealing” that is illegal under both state and federal law. The new proposal would also create a road that leads to nowhere for the time being, causing a traffic nightmare for Orange County commuters and potentially an even bigger threat to the environment than the first proposal.
Trestles is a unique location for surfers because of it’s remote location, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Photo: Surf Channel/ Nicholas Borelli
To prevent damage of this sacred California State Park, join forces with groups such as the Surfrider Foundation, the Save San Onofre Coalition, wildlife activists, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and your friendly local surfers to stop the TCA’s relentless attempts to destroy an important piece of coastline.
O’Neill grom Kei Kobayashi boosting at Lower Trestles, his home break. Photo: Surf Channel/ Shannon Quirk
Lowers is too good to lose! Want us to prove it? Watch local groms Kei Kobayashi and Body Glove ripper, Nick Melanson dominate Lowers as their trainging grounds. Watch out for these two – they love burning the new guys out in the lineup!
For more information about the repercussions of the Toll Road on San Onofre’s environment, click here.