Midcoast Community Council
An elected Municipal Advisory Council to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Serving 12,000 coastal residents
Post Office Box 248, Moss Beach, CA 94038-0064Office Fax: (650) 728-2129
Via Hand Delivery / E-Mail
August 13, 2010Mike SchallerProject PlannerCounty of San Mateo455 County Center, 2nd FloorRedwood City, CA 94063Re: Initial Study and Negative Declaration for PLN 2010-00093: Fitzgerald MarineReserve/Preserve Beach Access Improvements at Nevada and North Lake Streetand Improvements to the Dardenelle Trail/California Coastal Trail Between NorthLake Street and Cypress AvenueDear Mr. Schaller:As the elected representative advisers to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors onbehalf of the residents of the unincorporated Midcoast communities of Montara, MossBeach, Miramar, El Granada, and Princeton-By-The Sea, Midcoast Community Council(MCC) respectfully submits this letter containing comments on the Negative Declarationfor PLN 2010-00093 (Dardenelle Trail Improvements).In short, the council cannot support the Negative Declaration as proposed, but weappreciate the opportunity to engage in a dialog and look forward to having a continuedrole in this process.Specifically, we note the following concerns and overarching themes that have beenraised during public comment:
The need to prioritize preserving the natural resource and identify safeguards forits continued existence before encouraging additional visitor traffic.
The out-of-scale size of the expanded trail being at odds with the character of thesurroundings
The materials being used for surfacing and otherwise being consistent with, andsafe for, preserving the natural environment and charm of the surrounding area
The lack of renderings and/or markings sufficient to identify the nature of theproposed work at the San Vicente Bridge section as well as the ramp section andretaining wall adjacent to the tidepools on the northern section of San Vicentecreek.