The article by Robert Stewart and Ronald Taylor on the state Coastal Commission (Part I, Sept. 7) substantiates a significant point which is not specifically stated in the comprehensive report.
Since the inception of the 1972 and 1976 state Coastal Acts, the most vocal critics have complained that the commission unduly obstructs coastal development.
The Times story, however, makes it clear that the commission's major shortcoming in recent years has been its failure to prevent detrimental coastal development.
Persistent critics also have assailed the commission's staff as an obstruction to development. The Times report indicates that the staff has been competent and consistent in its adherence to the Coastal Act, but that its efforts are frequently undermined by the commission.