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Save Salt Creek Movement

Spurred by a 1965 Grand Jury Report which stressed the “overcrowding of our parks, beaches and harbors,” the County of Orange has continuously sought to acquire more public/recreational areas. The Niguel Beach region, previously known as Salt Creek, has always been a popular surfing and swimming location. However, the land on the island side of Salt Creek was purchased by the Laguna Niguel Corporation, then later AVCO Community Developers. Final acquisition of beach front property was completed in 1968. This land was set aside for private community development, including single family dwellings, condominiums, and apartment complexes.

In the late 1960’s, public pressure swelled to obtain the beach for public use. The “Save Salt Creek” movement, well-organized and vocal, drove hard for public access and use of the beach.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors ordered acquisition negotiations, and on February 2, 1971, the Board of Supervisors accepted in principle an offer by AVCO to provide the county certain acreage for beach parking and the beach itself. An agreement was signed for a $2.6 million turnkey operation – land purchase and construction of beach park improvements.
However, the controversial project was to be plagued by delays that didn’t see construction completed until 1976. A partially completed facility was opened in July, 1972. Today, a completed beach park, with almost a mile of public beach, serves hundreds of thousands of beach goers annually.

Elly Johnson stands at the forefront of content research and online branding at Utopia Management. As the Content Marketing Manager, she delves deep into understanding local real estate and rental markets, fueled by her passion for travel and keen research skills. Elly is dedicated to empowering individuals with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about where to reside. A proud alumna of the University of South Florida, located in the vibrant heart of Tampa Bay, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her academic background and extensive travel experiences uniquely position her to provide insights that resonate with diverse audiences.

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