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By Tom and Jeannie Gronewald, San Juan Capistrano

Dear Todd Spitzer and Orange County Board of Supervisors,

We so much enjoy Strand Vista Park in Dana Point at Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road. We spend a lot of time walking, meeting people and taking in the spectacular view, particularly the sunset on a regular basis. It is such as great place.

Thank you for all you have done and do to make a beautiful place for the public. Every time friends come from out of state to visit, we first take them to the Strand to see the breathtaking view of the Pacific.

Several month ago, while taking in the view of the California whales so close to the shore, I watched as a young man in his late teens or early-20s walked down and put a soda can upside down over the iron top of the lovely iron fencing. He pushed on the can at several angles until the finial came off inside the soda can. I was so aghast with his act of defacement of the public’s property. I noted that several fence tops were missing (at the left side of the parking lot) and meant to bring this to your attention then.

We were there this past weekend and now an entire section of iron tops is missing, and they are starting on a couple more sections. I regret that I am just now writing about this. I am also sending a letter to the editor of the local Dana Point paper to alert those who are at the Strand to be on the lookout for those who are bent on destroying this beautiful public place. I work for an architect and am certainly aware of the high cost of iron fencing for our clients.

If we actually witness this again, we will certainly call the Sheriff’s Department and at least give a license plate number. If there is anything else we can do to stop this vandalism, please let the public know.

Thank you for reading this letter, and we sincerely hope we all can work together to keep the people’s beaches as lovely as the views.

Vandals have been seen breaking off these pointy fence top finials at Strand Vista Park. This photo was taken before the damage was done. Photo: Andrea Swayne
Vandals have been seen breaking off these pointy fence top finials at Strand Vista Park. This photo was taken before the damage was done. Photo: Andrea Swayne

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