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A new campground is coming to a former Fort Ord firing range. The California Coastal Commission approved a permit for California State Parks to build the campground in Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

KAZU reported that the park, west of Highway 1, is close to 1,000 acres in size. It stretches along the coast between the cities of Marina and Sand City. Four miles of shoreline, it’s dotted with sand dunes covered in green vegetation and old Army bunkers.

California Coastal Commissioners recently toured the park before they voted on whether they’d allow a campground there. The plans include 45 RV sites, 43 tent sites and 10 hike-in/bike-in sites.

State Parks has been planning the project for years. The agency hasn’t built a coastal campground of this size since the 1980s. Brent Marshall is the Monterey District Superintendent for State Parks.

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