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Deal reached on San Dieguito Lagoon Boardwalk

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DEL MAR (CBS 8) – A new deal has been reached after a major push to save the boardwalk that runs through the Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar.

Last month the Coastal Commission rejected plans to keep the 1,200 foot path as part of the wetland restoration project to restore an acre of wetlands.

The six-foot-wide boardwalk is southeast of the fairgrounds and is used for education and recreation. .

“It is peaceful, there is no traffic, nature, water birds chirping,” said Ryan Denner.

The compromise happened Wednesday night when the Coastal Commission staff agreed to save around 500 feet of the boardwalk.

“It's not everything we wanted, we wanted to save the boardwalk the entire boardwalk but then you have other factors,” said Trish Boaz, San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Executive Director. “The good news is we will have a segment of the Coast to Crest Trail which you will be able to hike and bike on the trail.."

She believes March's Boardwalk Brigade to save the overlook helped in the fight to keep part of the pathway.

“The boardwalk is elevated so water is able to flow underneath the boardwalk so there really is not an issue,” said Boaz.

The boardwalk was built seven years ago with mostly grant money and it will still have a viewing platform.

“We have a lot of wildlife that enjoy the area as well as the people who come here for recreation and education--you are right up to close to nature,” said Boaz.

While there will be limited access, conservationist say it's better than not have a boardwalk at all.

“It is an amazing experience and we will do all we can to keep it a great experience,” said Boaz.

The Coastal Commission's legislative coordinator told CBS News 8 in an e-mail statement the Commission was never requiring the removal of the Boardwalk rather relocation of a portion of the boardwalk.

“As part of Phase I and the Phase II conceptual wetland restoration plan, the western portion with bridge and viewing platform was always permitted to remain. This compromise allows approximately. 300 ft. more to remain in an area where it won't be an impediment to water flow and restoration and, therefore, still consistent with the plan approved by the Commission. The new, relocated trail will still be built, as well,” said Sarah Christie. “The compromise is to retain an additional 300 feet, for a total of approximately 600 feet.”

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