The Fight for Access to the California Coast

The fight for access to the California coast will never be finished. Peter Douglas, the author of the California Coastal Act and the first executive director of the California Coastal Commission said it best:

“The coast is never saved, it is always being saved.  Our work, your work is a labor of love that is never finished.” —Peter Douglas

California State Parks wants to start collecting fees at Sonoma Coast State Beaches that have up to now always been free. Over the decades these beaches were saved from developers by the people like you and me. We put our public beaches into the State Parks for safekeeping.

Now California State Parks want to charge us $8.00 per visit to visit the beaches that belong to us! Included in this proposal are popular Sonoma Coast access points including Bodega Head, Goat Rock, Shell Beach, Stump Beach, and lesser known new acquisitions like Willowcreek’s new Freezeout Road Trailhead.

This regressive tax would hurt exactly members of our community who most need the benefits of our coast and can least afford to pay for it.

I, for one, plan to be there. Many others are expected to come. Please join us.

The California Coastal Commission will meet this Wednesday, April 13 at the Santa Rosa Veteran’s Hall (Link to Map)

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM. This topic is item 17 on the agenda. It is anticipated that they’ll get to this matter after lunch at about 1:00. Best to check here for the latest information about timing.

I will attend this meeting to express my thoughts and feelings in opposition to the proposal.

Here is a four-minute video by Sashwa Burrous. Seeing it may motivate you to join the many others who will be there to oppose the State Parks proposal.

FREE – Our Coast from Sashwa Burrous on Vimeo.

I hope to see you at the Santa Rosa Vets Building on Wednesday.

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