Many of you have signed the petition and/or seen the posters around town about restoring a public coastal access to Rockledge. It's the longest stretch of public shoreline in Laguna Beach that doesn't have a public stairway. Kayakers and paddle boarders can get there easily, but the rest of us have to climb on the cliffs and rocks that separate it from Victoria Beach and Moss Cove. Even lifeguards must swim or paddleboard a great distance to get there. And despite illegal plucking of tidepool creatures, the Marine Refuge enforcement officer can't get there at all.
Ever since the Old Coast Road was built, Laguna residents could go to Rockledge and see and enjoy the tide pools, cliffs and sunsets. Today, the cliff top is filled with homes, and public access has disappeared. Twelve private stairways remain, making the public Rockledge shoreline almost the exclusive domain of the people who live there.