DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) More than 1,000 people turned out Monday at a public hearing over a proposed toll road that would pass through one of Southern California's most popular parks and nearby a world-class surf break.
Until now, the fight over the road which would bisect San Onofre State Beach and end a half-mile from the surf break Trestles has focused on its environmental impact.
The California Coastal Commission rejected the plan in February. But the company that hopes to build and finance the proposed $1.3 billion road, the Transportation Corridor Agencies, appealed that decision to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, a branch of the U.S. Commerce Department. It hopes to get the state's decision overturned by arguing that the road would play a key role in national security and economic growth.