DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV)– Some residents in Del Mar are preventing the North County Transit District’s (NCTD) plans to create a security fence alongside the railroad tracks above the Del Mar bluffs.
NCTD, which operates and maintains the rails in North San Diego County, stated they need to make it safer for riders and residents. Monday evening, the Del Mar Metropolis Council heard the problem.
Final June, NCTD employed a consulting agency to evaluate the chance of trespassers and located that there have been 33 pedestrian strikes between Del Mar and Oceanside from 2015 to 2019. Within the worst areas in Del Mar, there have been 11 deaths. NCTD’s reply was to construct a mile and a half lengthy, 6-foot chainlink fence atop Del Mar’s bluffs to dam out trespassers.
“They play up the security factor very massive, however the actuality is it is all about legal responsibility,” Del Mar resident Frank Stonebanks stated.
Stonebanks, who leads the Fb group, Residents for entry to Del Mar seashores, bluffs, and trails, despises the plan.
“It is a horrible concept from a pure city design and pedestrian perspective. It blocks evacuation routes in case of fireside,” Stonebanks stated.
Members on this group additionally argue that the fence will destroy the panorama, decrease property values, and might even pose a brand new hazard.
“From a security perspective, possibly not in the best way they’re it, but when somebody truly then tried to go to the seashore and received caught, they will get hit,” Stonebanks stated.
A change.org petition to place an finish to NCTD’s minimal $2 million fencing plan has greater than 5,500 signatures. Members of the Del Mar metropolis council will convey the town’s voice to the NCTD board assembly on Thursday. However Stonebanks hopes it doesn’t get to that time.
“Our hope is is that it is going to come to a full cease on Thursday,” Stonebanks stated.
ABC 10News contacted NCTD for touch upon this story. They have been unavailable.