Why is San Onofre State Beach Important?
San Onofre State Beach is California’s 5th most popular state park attracting more than 2.5 million visitors each year to its stunning beaches, rich wildlife areas and beautiful campgrounds. The park provides habitat for several fish and wildlife species including animals that are listed on state and federal threatened and endangered species lists. The state park, located south of San Clemente, provides access to the world-renowned Trestles surf beach. San Onofre State Beach is an economic engine. Park visitors contribute more than $8 million to southern Orange County communities. The park also provides affordable recreation for California families.
Didn’t We Already Save The Park?
Thousands of Californians joined the Save San Onofre Coalition in stopping a toll road that was proposed to be built through San Onofre State Beach. In November 2016, the Save San Onofre Coalition, the California Attorney General, the California Park and Recreation Commission, and the Foothill/South Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) all signed a legal settlement agreement that prevents a toll road from being built through San Onofre State Beach and important watershed lands. In March 2017, a second agreement was signed by the Save San Onofre Coalition, TCA, Caltrans and the California Natural Resources Agency providing a second level of protection for the state park and Trestles.
Why Do We Need to Protect the Park?
On July 28, 2017, the San Clemente City Council and the Reserve Management Corporation sued in an attempt to invalidate these agreements and force the toll road through San Onofre State Beach. These lawsuits are a direct attack against San Onofre State Beach, Trestles, and the millions of people that enjoy these irreplaceable resources! Furthermore, Congressman Darrel Issa (R-Vista) is considering options he might take to repeal the settlement agreement and force the toll road through the park.
How Can I Help Protect the Park?
There are five specific ways you can help.
- If you live in San Clemente, email all City Council members and let them know that they should drop their lawsuit and should stop threatening San Onofre State Beach.
- Provide us with your contact information so we can keep you informed about the Save San Onofre Coalition’s efforts to Protect the Park.
- Sign this petition to show your support for Trestles and San Onofre State Beach.
- If you live in Congressman Darrell Issa’s district, let him know by email that you oppose his efforts to destroy San Onofre State Beach.
- If you’re active on Facebook or Twitter, you can let your followers know that you want to Protect the Park by using the hashtag, #ProtectThePark. Urge them to visit this website!