I have lived on the Central Coast for more than 30 years and heard the arguments for and against the ATV riders on the dunes. What prompts me to write now is the ridiculous notion that if we finally close the dunes to these outsiders (Fresno/Central Valley rats) our towns would turn into ghost towns (Do those who condemn off-roaders want ghost towns?” April 1).
This is the biggest lie that can be told.
Have you ever tried to swim or camp at Oceano Beach? Of course not, ’cause the valley rats think it’s their beach and will run anyone down or cuss you out for stepping on their right to destroy our environment. Yes, at first some businesses would suffer, but once word got out that our beaches were family friendly we would see an increase in families spending more money here. They go out to eat (they don’t bring self-sustaining gear). They would respect our beaches, unlike the rats that leave nothing but trash, smog, pollution, and the hospitals that treat many injuries due to drinking. They use way more resources and cause more trouble than they bring. We need to close the dunes down and let nature have its chance.