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It was very disheartening to receive my copy of the Dana Point Times last week and see a letter, sent by a person you identified as vice chair of Surfrider Foundation, South Orange County Chapter, protesting the closure of Headlands public access. 

The only area which is not open to the public every day is the postage stamp-sized 29 acres reserved to protect endangered and threatened species, such as coastal California gnatcatchers, Pacific pocket mice and peregrine falcons. 

Even this space is open to the public for three days each week. This issue has absolutely nothing to do with the earlier hassle at Strands Beach. It doesn’t close off a surf beach, so what would Surfrider’s interest be here? 

I think Surfrider has actual biologist members who care about environmental matters. Is it too much to ask that we set aside this small parcel a few days a week to give protection to a small part of the wildlife in our overcrowded town? 

There are plenty of adjacent trails open daily for our enjoyment.

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