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NEWS
September 7, 2007
Gated communities benefit the public As a former homeowner in Three Arch Bay and now a resident and property owner along the Intra-Coastal waterway in South Carolina, I note the issues of public access are equal irrespective of which coast you live near. It is important to note that in all cases, those who are privileged to live on the water pay dearly for that privilege. And in most cases, that payment continues each and every year through property taxes. My comments are not a complaint about taxes, but a suggestion that in most cases, they are dismissed in the discussion.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 30, 2007
The California Coastal Commission has put a price on the privacy of the beach at Three Arch Bay. Three Arch Bay Homeowners Assn. will pay $50,000 — or possibly $70,000 — toward the renovation of the city Brooks Street stairs in lieu of providing public access to the beach in the gated community. The levy was a condition of commission approval of a coastal development permit to repair the stairs to the Three Arch Bay beach. “It’s a win-win for everybody,” City Manager Ken Frank said.
NEWS
May 27, 2005
Lauren Vane With the start of the 2005 fire season Monday, the Orange County Fire Authority will close several open-space areas in and around Laguna Beach to public access. The area west of Laguna Canyon Road and south of the 405 freeway will be closed, as will the area east of Laguna Canyon Road to Aliso and Wood canyons. Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Macey said he has asked the county for a more detailed map of local closures. Closing the open spaces to public access reduces the risk of fires started by humans, Macey said.
NEWS
October 18, 2002
-- Barbara Diamond Once upon a time there was a little princess. Her name was Joan. Princess Joan's father died when she was two, but she still had her mother, Athalie, and her grandfather, the powerful King James II of Irvine. Joan lived with her mother in the adjoining kingdoms of Los Angeles and Pasadena. But among her favorite childhood memories are the visits with James II. She rode with the cowboys who herded the king's cattle. She watched his crops grow -- he liked to call himself a farmer.
NEWS
March 28, 2003
Denny Freidenrich Rick Wilson, of the local Surfrider Foundation, wrote a piece in last week' s Coastline Pilot ("El Morro support is ironic, unfounded," March 21) that: (a) attacked me; (b) defended construction of a new seawall off El Moro Beach; and, (c) effectively claimed that the only way to ensure water quality and public access for this southernmost part of Crystal Cove State Park is to place an RV camp next door to El Morro Elementary School.
NEWS
January 31, 2003
Elisabeth Brown Last week, the El Morro trailer park floated a new scheme to allow the trailers to stay in [El Morro Village] beyond the expiration of their lease at the end of 2004. In the packet sent to the press, the names of two nonprofit organizations were listed as beneficiaries of supposedly excess revenues: State Parks Foundation, a statewide organization that supports state parks, and Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. The board of the Laguna Greenbelt Inc. wishes to reassure our supporters and members that we want nothing to do with this proposal other than to see it defeated.
NEWS
March 21, 2003
Rick Wilson I have three comments regarding the latest installment of spin control by Denny Freidenrich -- hired gun for El Morro Trailer Park residents (with paid advertisements in the Coastline Pilot). First, Freidenrich writes that the alternative plan will "generate ... dollars for open space acquisition, conservation, water quality, public access." That's pretty ironic, since allowing the trailers to stay will prevent all those things from being achieved at El Moro.
NEWS
March 19, 2004
Suzie Harrison The El Morro Community Assn. has appealed the decision by a Superior Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the environment report prepared by the State Parks Department. Residents of El Morro Village filed the suit claiming state park officials had prepared the report improperly. It was denied on Aug. 15. The residents' leases expire in December 2004. The state appellate court will decide whether to hear the case. The State Parks Department is moving ahead with its plan.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 21, 2011
City officials took no action on a request to urge the California Coastal Commission to revisit public access to the coast through private property in Rockledge. Folks who used to cross the property to access the beach want the city to help them regain what they consider their right, which was lost when the City Council approved development on the lot and the commission didn't take action. The request was submitted at the July 12 council meeting by Eric Jessen, retired chief of the county's Harbors, Beaches and Parks division, and was backed by a petition signed by people who favor public coastal access.
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