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El Morro conversion, it's about time Re: "Should El...

August 30, 2002

hundreds of people homeless just for their "gain." Yes, they are on

rented land, but really, is any of our land really ours.

Many years ago the state wanted to put an expressway in, where I

now call home. The home owner at the time was defenseless against the

State. But fortunately, for her and me, it never happened.

What ever happen to homestead? Our forefathers could find the

land, build a home, and stay in it for a number of years. It was


theirs, and they made it home. Families grew up together building

years of love and memories.

We are fortunate to live in California with many great parks and

recreation places to enjoy; from one end of the state to the other.

Many of the parks go unnoticed by several of us. El Moro is a real

gem; the coast line is breathtaking when you drive by. And those who

are lucky enough to have a home there should not be made homeless

just for our "recreation."

We have Crystal Cove and we can easily walk down to El Moro to

enjoy its beauty.

Where is our security in the lives we have built? Is it so easily

discarded by the majority! El Moro is a small community built by

loving dedicated people. I don't believe anyone has the right to tear

it apart. Would you want your city or town be tore down and rebuild

"better" for a Park, so the majority can spend just day or night. Not

a life time.

Patty Massaro

Laguna Beach

According to Rusty Areias, director of California State Parks,

there is a shortage of 10,000 to 15,000 campsites statewide. A great

opportunity exists at Crystal Cove State Park, on the ocean side of

the Pacific Coast Highway, north of Historic Crystal Cove district to

Pelican Point sits Crystal Cove State Park flat land that could be

divided into 1,000 campsites. Common sense says build 1,000 campsites

if there is a shortage of campsites in California. Rusty Areias needs

to focus on the property north of Historic Crystal Cove district to

help satisfy the shortage of campsites statewide.

J.B. Crowell

Santa Ana

I do not think that El Morro should be turned into a campground.

The residents of El Morro have lived there a long time, and it would

be terrible to take away a life-long home. El Morro village has been

around since 1922, and some people have lived there all their lives.

The state took the people out of their homes in Crystal Cove, and

now they are doing nothing with them. It is not fair to turn

something beautiful into something that will bring in every type of

person, and have a possible chance of the area getting polluted with

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