I’ve been married for 28 years, I’m 47 years old, and I’m raising two sons who are 19 and 16 years old. I’ve lived in the coastal area for 25 years. For my first 22 years, I lived in the Central Valley (what you’d call a Valley Rat).
So much of the dunes have been closed that it seems to me the time for compromise is over. When I began visiting the beach, you could drive from Pismo all the way to Devil’s Slide. The Pismo area was closed, OK. Then Guadalupe closed, OK. Then portions of Oceano dunes closed, OK. The 15,000 acres that used to be available have been cut to approximately 1,300 acres. That’s what I call closed.
Something should be left for off-road enthusiasts. There are numerous local beaches people can frequent without motorists, among them San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Avila, and Pismo Beach.
Why does it have to be completely one sided; so many of us get nothing?
I have enjoyed camping with my family on our local beach that still allows off-roading. We have friends from the Central Valley we would never see and our boys would never know if not for this beach. It’s a great place to congregate. I just want people to see another perspective on the Oceano Dunes. Not all duners are bad people. There are many family-oriented individuals who lead respectful, responsible, hard-working lives.