This action was made in light of concerns expressed by state and federal authorities over whether the project would be allowed under use restrictions on the former military land. and follows comments to the city from the National Park Service, which oversees the use of former federal land, and from the state parks department's Office of Grants and Local Services. The two agencies had said the project might conflict with longstanding restrictions on the property that indicate it must be used as a public park.
The proposed project was met with highly vocal opposition from residents concerned that this irreplaceale ocean-side site would be used for a companion pet center that they believed was not an optimum use for the site
I do believe that it is a shame that benefits of the project were not really understood by the opponents to the project. I think that the improvements to the site, particularly the new ecologically favorable landscaping planned would have made the site would have been nice, and that it will be years before the weed infested site will be improved to a park.
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