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Anyone else see this? I received an email from Cal 4 Wheel. I have been going to Pismo since I was a kid.

ACTION NEEDED: Oceano could close forever

The Coastal Commission just released their staff report for the upcoming meeting on Thursday, July 11

The staff report is now available on the Commission’s webpage here:
https://www.coastal.ca.gov/meetings/agenda/#/2019/7

The California Coastal Commission Staff is recommending closure of the Oceano Dunes SVRA:

“In short, the status quo at ODSVRA is clearly not sustainable and it is time to more fully understand and evaluate other public access and recreation options that are consistent with coastal resource protections given the current realities that affect and are affected by OHV activities at this shoreline location. Put simply, in staff’s view a Park that is fully consistent with on-the-ground realities, and with coastal resource protection requirements, does not include OHV use. Rather, it is clear to staff that the significant coastal resource issues and constraints attributable to OHV use render long-term OHV use at this location untenable.”

Coastal Commission has provided an email address where people can send their comments: [email protected]

The report is for the next California Coastal Commission meeting to be held on Thursday, July 11 at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.

We need comment letters submitted to the Coastal Commission before July 8th.

We need club members, friends and anyone who enjoys Oceano Dunes SVRA to write a comment letter and attend the CCC meeting and speak out against anymore closures.

This really could be the end of the park as we know it. We need to flood the Coastal Commissions with comment letters support the park and make sure the room is packed the July 11th Coastal Commission Meeting.

Please share this information with anyone who will listen.

The time to act is NOW... or risk seeing it close forever...
 

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Just more "junk" science that the eco freaks are using to shut it down. Sand blows whether there are people playing on the dunes or not. I have had a few very miserable weekends there in the past due to wind and sand that had nothing at all to do with someone driving.
 

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I guess Pismo's economy is tired of the $243 million/year revenue from Oceano Dunes visitors.
 

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Emails sent, phone calls made.

Did not get the warm and fuzzies calling officials on a friday. :laughing:
 

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The meeting finally ended. The Commission voted 8-2 in favor of giving OHMVR an additional year to produce a draft PWP (public works plan). No closure for at least a year. OHMVR has got to get their part done.
My observation: There were very few comments on the actual Staff Recommendations by the public. A common topic during the first rounds of comments was NO input gathered from the local community or local governments.

Ride on
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Here we go again! Sorry for the late notice.

From Cal 4 Wheel:
Public hearing November 18 on Oceano
We need everyone to attend and offer comments at a public hearing regarding the Oceano Dunes particulate emissions reduction efforts.

The other side has been very busy on social media and the internet publishing stories that blame the Oceano Dunes SVRA for all the dust control issues, saying that the park needs to be closed immediately.

Meeting information:
Monday, November 18, 2019, 9AM
South County Regional Center
800 W. Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA

For more information about the meeting, go to this link:
https://www.slocleanair.org/air-quality/oceano-dunes-efforts.php

Info from the link:
Oceano Dunes Particulate Emissions Reduction Efforts
November 1, 2019 Update
The Hearing Board has provided notice that it will conduct a public hearing on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 9:00am. The location of the hearing board will be the South County Regional Center at 800 West Branch Street in Arroyo Grande. Those interested are welcome to attend and the public will be provided the opportunity to provide public comment. The links below provide additional information on this upcoming meeting.

Official Notice of Hearing of the SLO County APCD Hearing Board
Petition to the Hearing Board Filed 11/1/19
Proposed Order of Abatement Filed 11/1/19
 

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Update:
https://www.fourwheeler.com/news/off-road-news/1911-oceano-pismo-dunes-svra-closing?wc_mid=4035:17938&wc_rid=4035:352501&_wcsid=7A0C7559481B6A4B9BD0D846B59DAEE082C309336053057A


A section of the Oceano Dunes SVRA (Pismo Dunes) on the central coast of California is closing to off-roading and camping. The decision came down November 18, 2019 from the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD), claiming that the area has one of the country's worst air quality. San Luis Obispo County's Air Pollution control officer said major changes are on the way, as the board approved the proposed order of abatement. All this amid conflicting evidence of the levels of and dangers of detectable airborne silica (the "pollutant") from the both sides of the issue.

By January of 2020, a 48-acre area popular for off-roading and camping known as the "fore-dune area" must be closed. Until California State Parks and Recreation can get fencing put up around the closed area, the California Coastal Commission will erect signs to keep off-highway-vehicle use out of the closed dune area.

Does this close the entire Oceano Dunes SVRA to vehicle use and camping? Not for now, but here's the thing. The Coastal Commission is looking at a future in which the 3,600 acres and 6 miles of coastline and dunes would be open to RV and car camping, but would move away from what it calls "high-impact use," begin prohibiting night riding, and fence off more areas of the SVRA. Reservation levels are a big issue too. The Coastal Commission is pushing to drop the number of reservations available by as much as 30 percent.

From our point of view, the future for OHV use at one of the most popular (and only) major coastal areas on the west coast of the United States is not a bright one. Conflicting air-quality reports, a hard push from the APCD to close more areas, and as one local resident we talked to said, "a set of hurdles put it place to keep the SVRA open to OHV use that are not realistically possible" makes it seem that we are in grave danger of losing all of this historic OHV playground.
 

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This is such a load of BS. The wind doesn't cause sand to blow? The "Anti's" have been fighting Oceano for years. First it was the Snowy Plover and now they are using dust! Just a matter of time before it is completely shut down.
 

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what a great era that was! I will miss being able to go there and have fun. It gets old all the nonsense that people do to each other....

I'm just glad I'm old enough that I got to experience it and I don't have to see what they have planned to do next.
 

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My extended family (15+ people) and I go there at least once per year. We spend a ton of money in the town and surrounding area. If these idiots close the dunes I will never visit there again.
 
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