Project Accomplished – Mori Point
Photograph by Stephen Johnson
Saving Mori Point from commercial development became a reality due to a course of events beginning in July 2000. The then-owners of the property obtained a court order to sell the site at public auction, with $2.5 million as the minimum bid. TPL indicated it was willing to work with the Pacifica Land Trust to put together a public campaign to raise funds sufficient to participate in the auction. TPL found an “angel” who was willing to provide a no-interest loan of $2.5 million for acquisition. The California Coastal Conservancy pledged $1.0 million toward achieving the highest bid. On September 21, TPL won the auction, bidding against potential developers, for $3.3 million.
Meanwhile, the PLT had begun an extensive grass-roots fund raising effort throughout Pacifica and the Bay Area to raise additional funds not covered by TPL’s “angel” loan or the Coastal Conservancy’s participation. Land Trust members were overwhelmed by the support and appreciation shown by the community for this effort.
Hundreds of residents contributed to the fund raising campaign and numerous donations were of $1000 and more. Altogether, $100,000 was raised and conveyed to TPL to help cover non-reimbursable costs. TPL recently wrote us: “We are awed and inspired by the outpouring of support by the Pacifica community in response to the opportunity to save Mori Point!”
All of these efforts resulted in the protection of beautiful Mori Point for all time. The icing on the cake to the incredible sequence of events was the passage of federal legislation placing this property and other property, including the Pedro Point Headlands, into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (“GGNRA”) boundary expansion. This was a necessary step toward future GGNRA acquisition of the properties.
PLT Projects Map (Click to download PDF)
Map created by Ben Pease for the Pacifica Land Trust.
For a detailed trail map, see Trail Map of Pacifica, available at local visitor centers.