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MOONLIGHT UPDATE

     There will be an Encinitas City Council meeting on Wednesday February 13 at 6 PM concerning Moonlight Beach. As a user of Moonlight please provide your input in one or more of the methods detailed below. Your input (even if your are not an Encinitas resident) is important to the future of moonlight. There are politically connected people who do not want any improvements to Moonlight and actually want to remove some of the sand that has already been placed.

BACKGROUND

     Moonlight Beach has a master plan which was adopted in April 1995. The plan is essentially a picture which shows what the community wants. I can forward you the picture in a JPEG file if you like. The plan has had some of the elements implemented like the 'C" Street park and some improvements to the creek, already. The City council voted a few years ago against putting in a playground (even though the playground was a gift to the City for Moonlight) because some of the beach neighbors did not want it. Noise and safety concerns were cited. One council member pointed out that a mother cannot watch her kids at the playground and at the ocean at the same time and therefore there was a real safety issue. This was a half baked excuse so that the council people could fulfill the wishes of neighbor who did not want a playground. This safety issue needs to be addressed, particularly by you mothers, in your input to the City Council. The moonlight beach plan is now being heard because one of the neighbors wants the sand behind the restrooms removed and the area returned to ice plant. The vocal neighbor used his influence to actually have the picnic benches moved from in front of the snack bar over to the area to prevent people from playing sports. The same person wants the sand removed.

HOW TO HELP

     It is important for you, a Moonlight Beach user, to voice your opinions. Here is four ways to get involved.

1. Email the council with you thoughts. Email addresses provided below.

2. Write to the City Council. (this is better than email because it shows a little more effort and concern on your part) The council address is below.

3. Appear at the Council meeting on February 13th at 6pm to be seen (People showing up in significant numbers impresses the Council). Meeting located at city hall in Council Chambers. 505 So. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas.

4. Talk at the meeting. If you talk you may want to also submit what you are saying in writing.

     I personally want the Moonlight Master plan to move forward. I want the playground added and additional volleyball courts added. The plan needs to address handicap access but in general it is still a valid template for moving forward. Some elements will take time, like the creek restoration and some elements may need to be modified like the closure of B Street. However, the plan represents the community's vision for Moonlight, one that we need to move forward on and realize. The efforts by nearby residents to dictate what goes on on public land is not in the public interest. It is in their interest. Moonlight Beach is a unique year around beach that is a jewel in the rough. It belongs to the public that uses it and enjoys it. I urge the Council to do what is in the public's interest and to move forward with the plan.

     For those of you who live in Encinitas this is an election year for some of our council members. How they act on this may effect their ability to be re-elected. Unofficially this is how the Council stands

Jerome Stocks for Moonlight Beach Plan
James Bond for Moonlight Beach Plan
Maggie Houlihan not committed but possibly leaning towards Moonlight Master Plan
Christy Guerin voted against the playground, position not known
Dennis Holz voted against the playground, position not known

As you can see we are at risk of private interests dictating what occurs at Moonlight.

Please help and provide your input.


Information for emailing and letter writing:

City of Encinitas
505 S. Vulcan Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-633-2600

Note: A letter written to any one of the city council members will be copied and forwarded to all of the other members.


Mayor Christy Guerin

cguerin@ci.encinitas.ca.us
Deputy Mayor James Bond

jbond@ci.encinitas.ca.us
Council Member Dennis Holz

dholz@ci.encinitas.ca.us
Council Member Maggie Houlihan

mhoulihan@ci.encinitas.ca.us
Council Member Jerome Stocks

jstocks@ci.encinitas.ca.us

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