The state received $4.7 million Monday to pay for a campground and other recreational facilities at San Onofre State Beach under a program requiring compensation for development along the coast.
The owners of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station contributed the money to the California Department of Parks and Recreation based on a 1981 agreement that restricted use of the beach for the construction of two plant buildings.
“We’re very happy to get the money,” parks and recreation spokesman Larry Paynter said.
Construction won’t begin for at least eight months, and the new facilities are expected to open in the spring of 1990, Paynter said. Plans include 160 campsites, a campfire center and a beach-access trail.
Southern California Edison, which owns more than 75% of the San Onofre plant, put $3 million in a reserve account in 1981 for the project, Paynter said.