The groups hope to see the land used to expand Crown Memorial State Beach, which is owned by the State of California and managed by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD).
“This beach is public property enjoyed by the community and by schoolchildren for outdoor education,” said Norman La Force, Public Lands Chair of the Sierra Club Bay Chapter. “We are working together to explore every option to stop our public beach from being turned into a private development."The disputed property, just under four acres and known as Neptune Pointe, is across McKay Avenue from EBRPD's Crab Cove Visitor Center.
Tim Lewis Communities, a development company, purchased the land for $1.8 million at an auction held by the federal government and later raised that amount to $3 million, according to an article on The Alamedan website.
The company outbid the EBRPD, which also wanted the land.
The park district has filed a lawsuit challenging the City of Alameda's rezoning of the property to allow housing development.
You may read a detailed article on the Neptune Pointe controversy on The Alameda website here.