Two State Beach Parks In San Diego Get Needed Funds
Torrey Pines, Silver Strand Benefit From Public-Private Partnership
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Two state beaches in San Diego County are getting some needed money at a time when California is slicing budgets.
Torrey Pines will receive $25,000 and Silver Strand $15,000 after beachgoers voted the parks first and second in a contest sponsored by Vons and Coca Cola.
The money will be used for beach clean-up, lifeguard support and maintenance.
Brian Ketterer, the California State Park Superintendent for the San Diego Coast District which includes Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, said with recent state budget cuts, the money makes a big difference.
"$25,000 in these times - that's money that can do a lot," Ketterer said. "We've just had a pre-meeting on what type of projects we can possibly fund that we knew we weren't going to get funding for this year. And there's easily more than 25 projects that we're looking at and trying to prioritize where the money will go."
Ketterer said the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Beach is finding ways to deal with state budget cuts.
"We have some great concern with our lifeguard staffing - that budget was cut earlier this year - do we utilize it for that?" Ketterer asked. "There are some immediate concerns with stairway access to the beach and how do we try to maintain those until we actually find some funding to replace them."
He said the park is also looking at ways to increase recycling efforts and keep beaches cleaner.
"Our iconic California beaches, with their beauty and natural assets, are being threatened due to the current budget situation," said Director of California State Parks Ruth Coleman. "That's why help from the private sector and companies like Vons/Pavilions and Coca-Cola is so greatly appreciated."
Southern California state beaches are some of the busiest beaches in the country.
Of the 27 eligible beaches in the contest, Torrey Pines, Silver Strand and Pismo state park beaches received the most votes.
The three beaches will also benefit from an International Coastal Clean-Up Volunteer Day on Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 a.m.
Torrey Pines state beach will host a picnic lunch for volunteers during the clean-up.