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Press Release - Trestles Historic District Designation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

TRESTLES HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGNATION

San Onofre Foundation Recommendation for
Trestles Historic District Inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places

February 6, 2013 San Clemente, California
San Onofre Foundation President, Barry Berg

 

The San Onofre Foundation has announced that the 2013 Board of Directors approved a resolution this February in support of the recent nomination of San Onofre and Trestles beaches to the National Register of Historic Places as the "Trestles Historic District." The San Onofre Foundation is a nonprofit association that provides education and interpretive support to California State Parks at both San Clemente and San Onofre State Beaches.

 

San Onofre Foundation has forwarded the attached letter to the State Historic Preservation Officer for presentation at the February 8th hearing regarding this nomination.

 

Prior to the February 2013 vote of support, the San Onofre Foundation (SOF) had assumed a neutral position on this initiative while conducting a review of the concept and soliciting opinions from both California State Parks and the United States Department of the Navy, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The beach zone that has been nominated lies fully within the jurisdiction of Camp Pendleton, and is a State Park by virtue of a lease from the Department of the Navy that expires in 2021. As guests in a landlord-tenant situation, and with an uncertain future regarding the potential for a lease renewal at San Onofre due to continuing pressure to allow construction of a toll road through the San Mateo Valley, SOF sought to understand Camp Pendleton's position. It is now clear that granting this Historic District nomination will in no way affect the Marine Corps' ability to conduct their training mission, but simply requires federal oversight and review of proposals that could affect the future integrity of the District. The San Onofre Foundation believes this designation is no more or less restrictive than the laws that are currently in place to safeguard our parklands and beaches, and welcomes this designation as recognition of the worldwide significance this stretch of Southern California coast has within the culture and lore associated with the sport of surfing.

 

The parklands at San Onofre State Beach also include Historic Landmarks for Forster City, located at the mouth of San Onofre Creek during the 1870's, and La Cristianitos along San Mateo Creek, site of the first Christian baptism in Alta California in 1769. The San Onofre Foundation additionally supports future Historic Designation for the Acjhachemen village of Panhe—located for 9,000 years within the lower San Mateo Valley—and will be working with the United Coalition to Protect Panhe in their continuing efforts to achieve this recognition.

 

The San Onofre Foundation endeavors to provide a voice for the community with regard to the future of these parks. Our primary efforts focus on educating all generations regarding the sacredness of our special places and their importance in the continuing history of man. Please join us at www.SanOFoundation.org or phone (949) 366-8599 for program, membership and volunteer information.

 

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Perfect Line Up Lower Trestles
Photo:  Jason Murray

 

 

 


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