Stick to the Plan for a World-Class Bike Trail

Re "O.C. Now at Cross Purposes on Trail," Aug 19:

Thank you for your article on bike trails versus golf courses along Trabuco Creek.

This is really two issues: bike trails versus golf courses and clean creeks or clean beaches versus developers.

Trabuco Creek flows through O'Neill Regional Park and runs through the lower Arroyo Trabuco area where the golf course is planned, then merges with Oso and San Juan creeks before it ends on Doheny State Beach.

Doheny State Beach has already been plagued by beach closures. Adding more golf course fertilizer pollution to this watershed is irresponsible.

The long and anticipated mountain-to-ocean bike trail that runs through beautiful, natural habitat will be a defining feature of Orange County.

This world-class bike trail could be the envy of many counties and will be an added value to our quality of life and family enjoyment. What is hard to understand is why Orange County would not consider spending a little money on a world-class bike trail for our families to enjoy, yet will spend millions and millions of tax dollars promoting a noisy, air-polluting international airport, with planes flying over our backyards.

We need a bike trail that connects our mountains to our beaches, not more golf courses on our creeks that pollute our beaches.

We need an Orange County government that has a family-oriented vision.

Gail Prothero

San Juan Capistrano

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