In February 2020, the South Orange County Chapter successfully campaigned to the California Coastal Commission to deny a proposed 1,200+ft. rock revetment from covering the remaining sand at Strands Beach in Dana Point – the revetment would have protected private homes at the expense of the public beach and public mitigation funds from Orange County Parks.

Huge thanks and call out to Dana Hills High School activists who made their way to Long Beach in an overnight notice. They arrived at 9 a.m. and stayed all day, endured the last CCC item where the applicants lawyer delayed our hearing to 8:15 p.m.

We are so impressed with these students that we are planning a chapter meeting to highlight their work at Coastal Commission last week and their everyday environmental and coastal activism. They are: Joe Heneghan, Bryce Mattox, Matthew Pool, Evan McMillen, Clayton Vincent, Brianna Daniel, Anna Neth, Danny Cullen (who also doubles as Dana Hills High School’s Student Government President), Trent McClung, Justin Edward, and Eian McMillen.

Not only did these students activate on their own, but they wrote their own testimony and contacted local, regional and Coastal Commissioners with their own appeals to deny the project!