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

August 30, 2002

trash. I definitely do not think that these homes should be taken

away from the residents.

There is plenty of other spaces of land that can be turned into a

campground. The state needs to go somewhere else and make a


Amy Gibson

Yorba Linda


I just want you to know that I have a friend that lives in El

Morro Village and visit often.

What a charming place. Everyone is so nice and seem to love where

they live. I think it is terrible that it may be taken away from

them. It is already sad what happened to Crystal Cove (all those

people made to leave and then the government decides they don't have

enough money to develop it) and I would hate to see all these people

at El Morro Village have to leave their homes.

There has got to be a solution where they can stay and live the

life they are used to.

Jeannie Drennan


Succinctly rendered, as a matter of local and public policy is it

preferable that the state build over people and places to allow a

60-unit transient overnight camp park to offset a 16,000 unit

shortfall or preserve and maintain a 290 unit, low-income village to

continue a 70-year-old cultural resource?

Essentially, the state is imposing its autocratic, political will

on the history and future of Orange County in general and Laguna

Beach in particular. If local control is not at issue, the citizens

have no recourse to take action elsewhere including El Toro's Great

Park Plan where the state has an archaic, vested interest as well.

As individuals we can stand our ground or move. I for one live by

our nation's first motto: "Don't Tread on Me."

Duff Owens Wilmoth

Laguna Beach

Hedges should live by fence rules

Re: "Do you think the Planning Commission should recommend the

city regulate how high hedges can be?" (Coastline Pilot, Aug. 23)

Of course the Planning Commission should subject vegetation along

property lines to the same regulations that apply to fences made of

"dead wood" or other materials.

If the rules governing the height and location of fences is good

for the general welfare of the public, than it does not make any

difference of what material the fence consists of. In fact, a static

fence is much better for the public than a living fence which

continually grows and spreads out encroaching on neighbor's property,

sidewalks, streets, etc.

This action is long overdue and should be enacted immediately. I

agree that in special cases vegetation exceeding the existing

limitations in the fence ordinance should be allowed, just as the

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