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A beach/dunes closure would be a good thing

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I agree with South County residents about the Oceano Dunes/Beach driving activities. I did not mind the cars 25 years ago when I moved here. There were not many. Now their number is overwhelming; I resent not being able to spend safe time with the children on a beach a few blocks away from home. I resent the sand and dust that clog Pier Avenue and vicinity.

I attended the public hearing and I heard the Air Pollution Control District state that the county helped pay the expert whom State Parks hired to examine solutions to the PM10 problem. Unfair! State Parks pollutes our air, and the county, instead of stopping it, helps it pay to find remedies.

Closing Oceano Beach/Dunes to vehicles will be a painful change for some people; I feel for them. However, I don’t doubt that it will be a good change. We will be able to promote harmless and safe activities. For example, Pismo Beach operates a free shuttle that takes tourists to Avila and back. Why can’t the ride include Grover and Oceano? People could walk around the lagoons, visit the Nature Center, walk to the old train depot and have tacos in downtown Old Oceano, and stroll on Pier Avenue to the beach. They could stop for coffee, ice cream, or food on the way, just like most tourists do. Actually, more people would be put to work and we all would be so much healthier and happier.

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