5) If there were a campground, then trailers and motor homes would
get backed up on the Coast Highway on weekends and holidays while
waiting to check in, one at a time, at the ranger booth. (For an
example of this, see the Carlsbad campground. The line backs up
approximately half a mile.)
6) If there were a campground, then left-hand turns in and out of
El Morro would become even scarier than they are now, what with that
traffic barreling down the hill at high speed. But a senior citizen
trying to turn in to or out of El Morro in a motor home or even a
trailer? Well, Yikes! I wouldn't want to try it!
7) It might seem that installing a left-hand turn signal would
address reason No. 6 above, but a left-hand turn signal would also
mean that all traffic would have to stop while the RV's turn. This
means that local people who simply want to go straight down the
highway would have to pass a long line of RVs, then wait at the
signal while the RVs lumber in, checking in at the ranger gate, one
at a time. (By the way, motor homes and trailers trying to make a
left-hand turn off Coast Highway at the Mobil Station at Broadway to
go up Laguna Canyon, during the Art Festival, could cause a similar
backup. No fun.
8) Mostly, though, people LOVE El Morro just the way it is. I'm
speaking of the public, of people who don't even have trailers here.
El Morro works. It's real. It's beautiful. It's magic. It's simple.
People are so glad there is this place called El Morro. From time
to time, I see letters in your paper from people who don't seem to
appreciate El Morro, who complain to the editor that it should be
wiped out to make parking for RVs and cars. The odd thing is that I
never actually SEE those people here at El Morro. I think they should
come here, use the public parking and start enjoying El Morro along
with everybody else. And that won't cost them -- or fellow taxpayers
-- one nickel.
* JOHN SACHER is an Encinitas resident.