Wednesday, June 19, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 15

Santa Maria Sun / Letter To The Editor

The following article was posted on January 9th, 2019, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 19, Issue 45 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [] - Volume 19, Issue 45

The removal of Oceano Beach


Two million visitors a year drive on Oceano Beach for a day trip or on their way to Sand City, 1,000 unmarked campsites for $10 a night, and the Sand Highway, the off-roading playground on the dunes.

Driving back, they carry on their tires tons of sand. Most of it is deposited on Pier Avenue and the vicinity. The sand on Pier Avenue is almost totally found just on its south side. It is brought there by cars leaving the beach and dropping it from their tires.

State Parks and SLO County regularly sweep and remove the sand at least two days a week. I inquired with parks and county and learned that the grand total of sand removed from Oceano Beach averages 34.7 tons of sand per week, mostly via Pier Avenue. Our county spends $600 a month to have the sand removed. The sand is contaminated and cannot be put back on the beach. We are paying to have our own beach thrown into the Santa Maria Landfill or Cold Canyon.

Oceano is losing its beach! Our community is at tremendous risk from sea level rise and stormy high tide conditions. Driving on Oceano Beach should be banned.

Weekly Poll
Should the proposed aquifer exemption in Cat Canyon be approved?

Yes—the water from the proposed area can't serve as drinking water.
No—oil containments could still pollute usable groundwater.
Additional oil and gas projects can create more jobs.
We need to move away from oil and gas and look at renewable energy projects.

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