Surfboards on trains, Marines give back, city’s mural policies, summer fun, and more – Orange County Register

Surfboards now accepted on Metrolink trains

This summer you may see more beachgoers arriving in San Clemente by train with their surfboards. Metrolink announced on Saturday, May 6 that it now accepts surfboards.

The boards must be no longer than 6 foot 4 inches long, must be in a board bag and must go to into the single coach designated for bicycles and surfboards on each train. Metrolink has converted its bicycle coaches into bike/board cars.

Up to five surfboards will fit into a surf netting carrier and are accepted first-come, first-serve. The bike/surf car also accepts up to six bicycles, Metrolink said.

For San Clemente surfers, the surfboard allowance offers an alternative way to travel to Oceanside for a surf or for a surf contest at Oceanside Pier, without the hassle of I-5 traffic or pay parking. Metrolink’s Oceanside stop is near the pier, as is Metrolink’s San Clemente stop.

A Metrolink weekend day pass costs $10, offering unlimited rides on either a Saturday or a Sunday.

Surfboards are allowed any day of the week – again, first-come, first-serve. Get details at

Marines give back to community

Camp Pendleton Marines invaded San Clemente the morning of Friday, May 5 to clean up the landscape around Park Semper Fi and again the morning of Monday, May 8 to rebuild planting boxes in the school garden at Marblehead Elementary.

It was part of the city’s longstanding partnership with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, which the city adopted through the America Supporting Americans program. The city hosts occasional functions for the Marines and their families, and members of the battalion perform occasional community service in town.

Wayne Eggleston, founder of Park Semper Fi, said 15 volunteers from 2/4 battalion worked at the Marine Monument, while 15 from 2/4 and the 1st Combat Battalion worked at Marblehead Elementary.

City to revisit its policies on murals

City staff wants to revisit the city’s rules on murals. The City Council on Tuesday, May 16 will consider seeking the Planning Commission’s advice on whether murals are appropriate in all parts of town, the process and criteria for approval, the duration of mural permits, a process for requiring removal of murals not in compliance with code, and penalties for painting without a permit.

The council will meet at 6 p.m.Tuesday at City Hall. Questions? Call 949-361-8200.

Seats are available on city panels

The City Council is inviting residents to apply for seats on six advisory panels — the Planning Commission, Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission, Golf Course Committee, Coastal Advisory Committee, Investment…

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