anding firm and maintaining the safety and security of the Strand at Headlands neighborhood and the general public. Although I don’t live at the Strand, I have empathy for the residents and understand their concern at wanting limited late-night access to their neighborhood. All it takes is a read-through of the Dana Point Times police log to know that we don’t live in “Mayberry.” Crime in our little town is part of our “new normal.” Unsupervised late-night beach access through a residential neighborhood seems like an unnecessary recipe for disaster. What is even more troubling is the possibility that any gated neighborhood that is adjacent to public property could be targeted for public access easements. The Coastal Commission’s demand to remove the Strand Beach mid-trail gates 24/7 is unreasonable and is a slippery slope that puts the public at risk.
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