Peter Douglas (Associated Press Photo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peter Douglas, the longtime executive director of the powerful California Coastal Commission, has died at age 69.
A commission spokeswoman says Douglas died on April 1 at his sister's home in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends.
Douglas retired from the commission in November as he battled lung cancer. He had spent a quarter century fighting to keep much of the state's 1,100 miles of coastline natural.
In the 1970s, Douglas co-authored a ballot proposition that created the commission and he later co-drafted legislation that would become the nation's most stringent coastal protections.
Douglas' tenure was not without controversy and he often sparred with developers and property owners.
Douglas is survived by his former wife, two sons, a sister and a brother.
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