Thursday, June 29, 2006
An Orange County agency wants to build a toll road that would cut through the San Onofre State Park. The park is in San Diego County. Environmental groups say the toll road could destroy a popular camping area. KPBS Reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.
The San Diego City Council's Natural Resources committee unanimously approved a resolution by the Surfrider Foundation in opposition to the toll road. The matter now goes before the full council.
The Foundation's Mark Rauscher says its important cities throughout the state take a stand against the road. He says the Orange County agency in charge of the road has taken an insular view of its potential impacts.
Rauscher: "This road would essentially destroy hundreds of acres of natural habitat within a state park, and cause the closing of a highly valuable coastal camp ground that's used by thousands of people every year."
Supporters of the toll road say it's needed to reduce traffic on the Five South in Orange and San Diego Counties. Beth Ford Roth, KPBS news.