Lagoon activist honored in watershed moment for Del Mar

By Claire Harlin

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors declared Feb. 21 to be “Jacqueline Winterer Day” throughout San Diego County.

The proclamation is in honor of the longtime Del Mar resident who played a key role in the issuance this month of a consent decree ordering the 22nd District Agricultural Association to comply with the state Coastal Act and to restore portions of the San Dieguito River Valley damaged by previous violations.

According to the proclamation, announced by District 3 County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, Winterer gathered evidence and testified repeatedly before the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors, and she “doggedly demanded redress, even where her pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears.”

Winterer also traveled great distances on multiple occasions to testify before the California Coastal Commission, and the commission’s recent 28-page consent decree cites many of the violations Winterer noted in her testimony.

Del Mar City Councilman Don Mosier called the achievement a “watershed moment for Del Mar.”

“We’ve been working on this for so many years, and it will really change things for the future,” he said. “This is the biggest accomplishment since I’ve been on the council.”

For more, see story titled “Fairgrounds legal disputes may soon be settled” under News category.