Dana Point has lifted restrictive beach access hours and gated access-ways to Strands Beach.

niguel_shores_oceanfront_beach_664Source: Dana Point Real Estate

For years, Dana Point beachgoers had limited access to Strands Beach, after the City of Dana Point approved an ordinance to limit beach-access after requests by developers and homeowners.

Now, after a six-year legal battle with the Surfrider Foundation and the California Coastal Commission, Dana Point has lifted restrictive beach access hours and gated access-ways to Strands Beach.

According to outdoor culture site The Inertia, a settlement agreement has been signed by Dana Point, which will allow the access to Strands Beach. In the settlement, the city agreed to keep the gates open 24 hours a day until gate hours are determined and to pay $300,000 for public benefit and access.

However, this plan will have to be approved by the Coastal Commission at an April meeting before it is signed by Jack Ainsworth, the acting executive director of the Coastal Commission.

“This Settlement Agreement marks a significant victory for the public as beachgoers in South Orange County,” Angela Howe, legal director for the Surfrider Foundation, told Inertia. “We are glad to see the fruit of six years of labor, as Surfrider has fought to keep this access open and the City accountable. We will support this Settlement Agreement for signature at the April Coastal Commission hearing and, if passed, consider it a victory for our long-fought battle for beach access at Dana Point Strands Beach.”

 

Originally posted 2016-04-04 23:41:57.

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