Missing my Scamp it's in the shop
The $8 reservation fee, or something close, is pretty common whenever you're reserving online, not just CA. Get used to it. However, most places it's only applied once per reservation, not per night, so it doesn't seem so bad when you reserve several nights at once.
It helps to keep it in perspective. Our 4 nights at Carlsbad came to $148, about the same as 1 night in an economy motel that is not on the ocean. I call it a bargain!
Didn't realize the service tech broke the lens. Don't be too hard on him- 25 years in the inland desert tends to make plastics pretty brittle! I hope the shop can find a replacement. If so, you might ask them to get two.