Trail Opponents to Meet

A nonprofit group fighting a proposed beach trail is seeking community involvement at three upcoming meetings.

Derail the Trail will meet from 7 to 9 tonight in the multipurpose room of Ole Hanson Elementary, 189 Avenida La Cuesta.

The group contends that the trail could decrease the beach and that a proposed sea wall could affect the surf.

The trail would run along railroad tracks on a 1.4-mile stretch from Ole Hanson Beach to the T Street Bridge.

Earlier this year, the Orange County Transportation Authority, which owns land around the tracks, approved allocating $4.52 million in federal funds to begin the trail, which also would include an 0.8-mile path from the T Street Bridge to Avenida Calafia.

Proponents have said the trail would stimulate beach-side businesses and offer safe crossings over the tracks.

The City Council expects to delay action until after the Nov. 3 election, when three of five council seats are up for grabs.

Other meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Shorecliffs Middle School, 240 Via Socorro, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29 at Truman Benedict Elementary, 1251 Sarmentoso.

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