“In 2012, Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) proposed to install parking fee collection devices at 14 beaches along the Sonoma Coastline. Included in the proposal were Bodega Head, Campbell Cove, Salmon Creek Beach (North and South), Goat Rock, Shell Beach, Portuguese Beach, Schoolhouse Beach and Stump Beach, along with other locations on the Sonoma Coast. All of the beach access points proposed for fees had historically been free and are undeveloped lots with sensitive bluffs adjacent to Highway 1. This proposal would have resulted in an 80% reduction in free access to beaches and had a significant negative impact on coastal resources and pubic access, particularly for low income families.Sonoma Coast Surfrider expressed legitimate concerns about the beach parking fee plan to Sonoma County’s government. Due to the efforts of Sonoma Coast Surfrider working closely with other non-profits and the public, the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments and Board of Supervisors both rejected DPR’s proposal in 2013. Subsequently, DPR then filed an appeal with the California Coastal Commission (CCC). In a 2015 CCC hearing and despite our efforts, DPR succeeded in removing jurisdiction from local hands. The Coastal Commission in a close vote approved DPR’s request to have the issue determined at a State level.
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