Crystal Cove State Park, situated in the heart of the heavily developed
Orange County coast, contains miles of unspoiled prime beachfront, many
tide pools, a district of historic 1930's cottages, and archaeological
sites. It has been a haven for Californians from all walks of life
since their tax dollars purchased the park in 1979.
In the mid-1990's, State Park officials secretly negotiated an unprecedented
60 year contract which would essentially give away the park's most
desirable ocean front acres to a private developer who would "preserve"
the historic cottages by turning them into a high-priced resort at
up to $700 per night, far out of reach of the ordinary citizen.
In addition, this "sweetheart deal" would permit the developer to build
on this ecologically and archaeologically sensitive site:
Hotel guests will have priority at these facilities, and
access will be restricted.
a large restaurant with conference capacity
three swimming pools
a fitness center
large private parking lot (150 spaces on the ocean side of Pacific Coast
seawalls "as needed"
The number of parking spaces currently available to the public will
We know of no citizens groups that are in favor of this plan.
If the contract is implemented:
the general public will have less, not more, access to precious oceanfront
land which it owns
the natural and authentic character of Crystal Cove Historic District
may be forever altered
the State will essentially resign stewardship of its own natural resources:
The luxury resort proposal violates both the spirit and letter of the General
Plan and "Development and Public Use Plan for the Historic District", which
call for rehabilitation of the cottages for use by family, hostel, and
group use at moderate rates. These plans were created by a public
process (unlike the resort plan) and represent the will of the people of
a terrible precedent will be set for our State Parks
the way may be opened for commercial exploitation of other State parks
Special legislation was secretly inserted into the 1996 State Budget
bill to permit the overriding of the publicly-approved plans.
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