Del Mar community leaders announce bluff-access initiative’s major public benefits

DEL MAR (KUSI) – A group of Del Mar community leaders, including local resident and MLB Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, announced major public benefits accompanying a voter initiative that would make a 17-acre site accessible on Del Mar’s north bluff accessible to the public for the first time.

The initiative, which was filed with the Del Mar clerk on Monday, will create 1.25 miles of bluff-top walking trails, a public garden, a new beach-access stairway, a permanent sand-replenishment fund, Dog Beach restrooms and other community benefits on private property that’s been closed off to the public for over a century.

The proposal is an alternative to the previously approved plan for private, gated estates that would block public access to the spectacular bluff-top site — the last of such land left in Del Mar.

No public funds will be used to create the lasting public benefits.

KUSI’s Dan Plante was live in Del Mar with the details on this plan.