Laguna Beach – El Moro state camping ground being constructed

By: Allan Heller ~ August 26, 2008

Have you been wondering what is being developed on the ocean side of the Pacific Coast Highway as you enter Laguna Beach from the north? Here is an article from the Los Angeles Times that explains the development —

El Morro Village: Unpaving paradise near Laguna Beach

Two years after El Morro Village was finally vacated, construction has begun on the state’s first new coastal campground in decades.

By Susannah Rosenblatt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
10:47 AM PDT, August 25, 2008

El Morro Village: Unpaving paradise

All that’s left of the 295 seaside trailers just north of Laguna Beach, once festooned with flowerpots and tidy patios, are some crumbling concrete slabs. And memories.

Dump trucks and earthmovers are scraping across 35 acres of canyon and beach, transforming the funky little enclave that was El Morro Village into Southern California’s first coastal campground in two decades.

State parks officials and environmentalists trumpet the $12-million construction project, which began last month, as a victory for public access and the preservation of pristine Orange County coastline.

“Tens of thousands of added Californians and people from all across the nation can now enjoy this spot of Southern California paradise,” said state parks spokesman Roy Stearns. “It opens up a whole new coastal ocean world.” [read more …]

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