Archives: Current Issues 2007

FSDRV President's Letter - June 2007

Dear Friends,

The good news of 2007 is that after so many years of effort the Restoration of the San Dieguito Lagoon is finally underway! 

The Friends of the San Diego River Valley decided to start an educational outreach program: a Bus Tour of the San Dieguito Lagoon.  Del Mar Community Connection allow us to use their colorful bus and once a month we take 25 people on a 10 miles circuit around the Lagoon.  The Tour is very successful and people make reservations two months in advance.

Meanwhile we continue to monitor projects that are planned in the valley.  Following are our current major concerns:

* We monitor the Del Mar Fairgrounds Master Plan for its environmental impact;

* We seek to return the Fairgrounds South Parking lot to permanent wetland status;

* We support a reduced Flower Hill shopping center expansion project;

* We support plans for the widening of Via De La Valle and El  Camino Real Bridge  that will facilitate traffic flow without jeopardizing the valley's rural nature;

* We advocate returning to public use the Coast-to-Crest trail segment south of the Polo Fields; 

* We favor a reduction of units planned in a Pardee residential project on the north side of Via De La Valle; 

* We maintain the Grand Avenue site year-around with the City of Del Mar participation.

Your contribution will help us cover our expenses: the Bus tour, publishing pamphlets, distributing information, maintaining our mail-box, website and other public outreach activities.  Because we are an advocacy group, contributions are not tax deductible.

Contributors of $ 100.00 or more will receive a copy of the “Walk in the Park” DVD , a short documentary film describing  the Park's landscapes and wild life habitats.

We are grateful for your support,

Jacqueline Winterer, President