Del Mar board adopts priorities for handling fencing and other bluffing issues
Del Mar City Council has adopted a statement that explains how the city will deal with railroad issues along the cliff.
At the November 23 council meeting, Deputy Mayor Terry Gaasterland said the statement would clarify our approach and how we will plan to work with the (North County Transit District) on all fencing issues.
The statement follows an NCTD report released in October that outlined a plan to add six-foot-high chain link fences along rail tracks in an effort to reduce trespassing. Del Mar, Oceanside and Encinitas are the three cities with the highest intrusion rates along the rail corridor. Many residents of Del Mar are concerned that the fence could hamper beach access, ruin beach views, and have other potentially negative impacts.
In response to that report, a message posted in October on the City of Del Mar website said the city had not agreed to the fence.
“Del Mar will work with the California Coastal Commission, (the Association of Governments of San Diego) and other regional agencies to ensure that NCTD respects rights, property, the environment and safety considerations. along the cliffs of Del Mar, ”the post continued. .
A report from the City of Del Mar staff for this week’s council meeting also mentions a petition by the NCTD to the Federal Surface Transportation Board seeking to remove the regulatory authority from Del Mar and the Coastal Commission of the State for bluff stabilization, closing and other potential bluff projects.
Some of the priorities set out in the statement are to ensure public safety, to allow the public safe access to the coast, to mitigate the impacts on public and private property, to maintain the trails and points of view and listen to comments from the public.
So far, almost all of the public’s contributions have opposed the fence. Del Mar City Councilor-elect Dan Quirk has launched a Change.org petition that has so far garnered more than 5,000 signatures. He says the fence would “cut off beach access for thousands of people, ruin the landscape and create a risk to the safety of anyone caught inside the fence.”
Del Mar mayor Ellie Haviland said the city has received support from other government agencies.
“SANDAG and the Coast Commission have provided incredible support to Del Mar and our collaborative efforts with the NCTD,” she said.
Del Mar City Councilor Sherryl Parks hinted at upcoming changes in the city’s leadership, with two new council members due to be sworn in next month, and the need to work together on the issue.
“It’s a tough question,” Parks said. “We all need to be on our toes.”