Meeting to discuss keeping Morro Strand open is set for next week

Advocates working to prevent Morro Strand State Beach from being closed to save money will host a community forum next week.

The Central Coast Natural History Association invites the public to its meeting at 6 p.m. June 7 at the Museum of Natural History, 20 State Park Road.

Morro Strand has 76 campsites and additional day-use areas. It's among the 70 state parks slated for closure by July 2012 under a budget plan announced earlier this month by Gov. Jerry Brown. Officials previously said Morro Strand has older buildings that cost more to operate.

The association is seeking input from community groups, volunteers and residents on the proposed closure.

“CCNHA is committed to keeping Morro Strand State Beach open,” Association Executive Director Mary Golden said in a statement. “We have been working for three years to fight cuts to the State Park system, and to find stable funding for (it)."

Those with questions about the meeting can call 772-2694.