Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (FMR)
Feb 2013 MCC presentation: Review of FMR Infrastructure projects & natural resource protection issues
Parking Lot Improvements completed 2014
The parking lot project (PLN2012-00126) at the corner of California & Lake Street, Moss Beach, initially involved a major reconfiguration, enlargement, and complete repaving (6/11/12 site plan). After Planning Dept review noted extensive project encroachment on the riparian buffer zone (staff report), the project was significantly scaled-down, focusing mainly on stormwater pollution reduction features. (County webpage)
Dardenelle Trail completed 2013
The California Coastal Trail route chosen by the County through FMR is the Dardenelle Trail along the park's eastern boundary between Cypress and North Lake Street. The new accessible bridge across San Vicente Creek provides improved inter-community bike & pedestrian access.
Public input on the project resulted in downsizing original plans for trail and bridge and replacing asphalt surface with permeable and more natural appearing decomposed granite. However the construction area was not reduced and the trail was constructed with road paving equipment causing a wide swath of destruction. The fern grove was obliterated. Tree root zones were not protected. Invasive cape ivy was not eradicated before construction and thus was spread throughout the construction area by the grading (see Feb 2013 MCC presentation, slides 7-15).
Moss Beach Reef Access Ramp & Overlook
Managed retreat for the reef overlook platform is proposed in the 2016 Master Plan Assessment, instead of the $2.5 million access ramp expansion with 10.5-ft wide asphalt road, 3-ft wide shoulders, retaining walls up to 6-ft high, and enlarged rock platform on the beach. 2010 ramp design, Feb 2013 presentation (18-26), Neg Dec.
Earlier plans for enlarged Interpretive Center (2,000 to 3,000 s/f) at main entrance will not go foward unless adjacent property becomes available for purchase, according to 2016 Master Plan Assessment.