Santa Cruz Sentinel
Planning. You can’t build a community without it. Zoning laws, codes, permit processes – they turn chaos into order.
So why should the ocean be any different? Shouldn’t we apply the same principles to our coastal waters?
With the stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama on Monday set into motion such a planning process by creating a National Ocean Policy and an accompanying National Ocean Council, a body of scientists and administration officials charged with overseeing activities such as drilling, fishing and shipping along the nation’s ocean shores.