Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) served as an original cosponsor on legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) to preserve several rocks, reefs, and small islands along the coast of Orange County:
“We live in the most beautiful part of the country and have a duty to keep it that way for future generations. As someone who enjoys hiking and time on the beach, I look forward to advancing this protection of Orange County’s coastline.”
In 1931, Congress temporarily reserved, “pending enactment of appropriate legislation by the Congress,” rocks, reefs, and small islands off the coast of Orange County for “park, scenic, or other public purposes.”
However, the offshore rocks from the 1931 Act were never subjected to the jurisdiction of a federal agency despite being federal property. In 2000, President Bill Clinton created the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) in order to protect and preserve California’s unique coastline. But because the 1931 Act “reserved” Orange County’s offshore rocks, these lands were not absorbed into the CCNM and still remain in a state of limbo.
This legislation will place these offshore rocks, reefs, and small islands within the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to be …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce