And the similar Ridge development at the Bolsa Chica bluffs proposes to eliminate a small coastal viewpoint as well. The Ridge MND stated that people could still walk a little ways to a viewpoint on the other side of that development. Well, what's good enough for the bluffs (and the residents along Los Patos) is certainly good enough for the mesa, isn't it? Just walk-bike-ride a little bit further to get to the view.
Murray goes on to quote the November 2000 Coastal Commission staff report concerning development on the mesa: "no grading will be permitted in conservation areas." Again, Murray's memory is selective.
Without disruption the massive Bolsa Chica wetlands restoration project would not have happened. In that case, Murray and many others were more than happy to endure short-term construction and development to a sensitive area in order to provide a long-term environmental benefit. Was that project disruptive to wildlife? You betcha. And yet wildlife coped for the interim and is now reaping the benefits of that disruption.