It was standing room only in the Regional Water Quality Control Board Meeting Room in San Diego. A few hundred surfers and environmentalists alike showed up to the hearing—which was inconveniently located some 50 miles away from Trestles—to fight on behalf of some of the best waves and most pristine State Park land in Southern California. After testimony from representatives from the Surfrider Foundation and fellow activists, the Board denied the Transportation Corridor Agencies their permit to build the 5.5-mile segment of their proposed piecemeal toll road plan.
The vote marks another win for surfers in the battle to save Trestles, and it comes just three years after the California Coastal Commission shut down the initial proposal for a 16-mile toll road through San Onofre State Park. The TCA will likely head back into their lair to begin working on a new plan to push their agenda, but for now, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the successful resistance coordinated by surfers and environmentalists.
"We are elated that the Board soundly rejected the TCA's application—they clearly understood the severe the implications of building the first 5 miles of the road. It is reassuring that this Water Board is living up to their mission statement of implementing plans that will best protect the region's waterways," said Surfrider’s Stefanie Sekich-Quinn.
Read the Surfrider Foundation’s full report here.