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Mystery Donor Identified In Effort To Save Popular Ventura County Beach From Closure

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 7:06pm

The money is now apparently in place to keep a popular state beach in Ventura County from closing.

Local leaders announced this afternoon that they now have commitments for the $500,000 needed to help save McGrath State beach from closing.

State parks officials had planned to close the beach this fall because they didn’t have the money to replace a deteriorating sewer system, which threatened to cause groundwater contamination.

The City of Oxnard, and Ventura County stepped up with $50,000 each, and the state pledged $100,000.

Then, last week, the federal government announced it would make a $250,000 grant.

There were a number of local, grass roots fundraising efforts, but the final piece of the puzzle was filled in today, when Peter Mullin, the owner of Oxnard’s Mullin Automotive Museum was introduced as a donor who would give the final $50,000 if the rest of the money was raised.

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