Battle on the Beach

It is always sad to hear that we are benefiting by paving parkland and ruining open space on Mission Bay and San Diego parks. I have seen the city bull doze parkland before when they expanded the Dana Inn and Marina. It was for "our benefit" because they could raise more tax dollars. There are many other examples like the proposed highway at Trestles where we are being led to believe that paving parkland is a good thing. What a lot of people do not understand is that the humans need walking as much if not much more than the dogs do. It just so happens that this is one of the few spots where dog owners can walk for 45 minutes and get some fresh air and take the dogs with them. In a day where at least 2/3 of the population is obese or over weight the more spots people have to walk the better. It just so happens that "walking the dog" makes for a good incentive for both people and dogs to walk at the same time. I am suprised that the article did not mention the deal the Boy Scouts have in one of the most wind protected sections of the bay. The last I heard they have been sub leasing the space to to other groups anyway. How is it that the boy scouts can get one of the most wind protected sections of the bay and the public cannot use it. Instead of bull dozing more parkland with pavement and spending 20 million dollars, why doesn't the city get the Boy Scouts to share their space with the general public and let both groups use the space. Paving parkland and ruining some of the last open space on Mission Bay is not the answer. The city is in no position to spend 20 million dollars for boat owners when there are plenty of other places to launch boats on Mission Bay.
— February 8, 2009 4:55 p.m.

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