SAVE OUR WATERFRONT COMMITTEE
The Save Our Waterfront Committee was originally founded to oppose the development of a Golf Museum on the San Carlos Beach Park site. Once City Hall became aware of the opposition, the proposal was shifted to the Window on the Bay. After a protest rally that drew over 150 people, the USGA decided it was "too expensive" to locate in Monterey.
The Save Our Waterfront Committee was founded by Ed Leeper, long time community advocate, artist, and decorated veteran (BSM (4 OLC), PH, AM, ARCOM (2 OLC)) and Barbara Bass Evans. Together they developed a campaign that raised over $3,000 to fight the Golf Museum.
Barbara and the Save Our Waterfront Committee continue to play an active role by advocating a balanced approach to waterfront development and looking for innovative ways to protect and improve coastal access, views, and historical elements.
The Monterey City General Plan, the City's Local Coastal Program Land Use Plans and the 1976 California State Coastal Act all call for preserving and enhancing public access to the coast, coastal views, and coastal recreation. Monterey is special because its coastline has a long history and undergone a variety of uses. These plans, regulations, and history provide significant opportunities for both developers and the public to benefit from our proximity to the shoreline and Monterey Bay Sanctuary.