Save the Marina Marsh & Meadow
Organized by: Marcia Hanscom
Thankful for all of your support! And asking for a few more donors to help sustain the legal fund
November 22, 2016
The Marina Marsh & Meadow is the last undeveloped marshland that was once part of the historical Ballona Wetlands. This marsh & meadow is now threatened by a huge 5 & 6-story, 288-room hotel complex that would destroy this beautiful open space and a constructed water feature for the hotel that they are calling a "wetland park." The County of Los Angeles' plans for this last 4 acres of open space on the west side of Marina del Rey are unacceptable.
There are enough hotels in this area of the Los Angeles Coast. There is not enough open space.
For years, this LAST undeveloped parcel in the marina on the Los Angeles coast has provided a bit of breathing room and glimpses of wild nature in the city - with remnants of the historical Ballona Wetlands marsh still obvious. Hundreds of Sandbar Willow Trees, marsh plants and rare small mammals attract Herons, Egrets, and songbirds to forage (feed) in this marsh and meadow on Via Marina at Tahiti Way.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved this significant development in mid-December, 2015 - and in May, 2016, the California Coastal Commission approved denied our appeal, paving the way for paving this land! However, more building permits are needed, which delays things for approximately 18 months.
So, we are taking the Coastal Commission to court in an effort to save this land for open space and nature.
It will cost money to challenge the Coastal Commission's decision in Superior Court. Our vision is to - stop this ill-conceived project. To instead find a way to preserve this space - a balance of leaving part of the area for nature, for the birds to still have a place to feed and rest - and the other part of the land for a small, but much-needed passive park for the thousands of residents and visitors to this area.
We have built a strong legal case, and believe that the Coastal Commission's approval of this hotel project is legally flawed. We need your involvement and your support. Please consider a donation today to this cause.
Our campaign to Save the Marina Marsh & Meadow will use the funds to organize the community, to hire legal experts, attend Coastal Commission meetings and to do our best to persaude them to preserve this land, to research possible support for creating the park space, and for advocating the vision to be adopted by the County, including new Supervisors who may not be comfortable with "business as usual" in this part of the county.
Please donate today to our Save the Marina Marsh & Meadow campaign! We - and the entire neighborhood of residents and nature lovers in the region - as well as people who care about wetlands from throughout the world - will be very grateful.