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Bill Lane, Dana Point
Children like to play. We all understand kids must be monitored so they can play safely and not hurt others. Similarly, adults enjoy their recreation and need to be regulated so they don’t pose a danger.
The California Air Resources Board has identified recreational activities along our coast, like whale watching excursions and sportfishing boat outings, which are excessively polluting the air with gases and particulates. We should address this problem. Amended regulations are being proposed, but there is pushback from Dana Point City Councilmembers. Somehow, our local leaders think we should compromise the air we breathe so these companies can make a profit. I don’t agree. They say they are, “. . . all for clean air.” I find this disingenuous. They confuse necessities (like furnaces) with these nonessential pastimes.
Orange County is already getting an “F” for air quality from the American Lung Association. Man-made global warming is getting worse. Our local politicians are trying to convince us that “failing” is OK, our health is not a priority, and playing is more important. No one is asking that the fun boat rides be banned. However, if these regulations are not implemented for your safety, these activities will continue to operate at the expense of your health. Instead of working for the profits of a handful of people, it would be great if our Dana Point Council worked to protect the health and well-being of the 33,000 people they are supposed to represent.