UPDATE: Enthusiasts Save Off-Roading at Oceano Dunes
Victory! The California Coastal Commission heard the voices of thousands of OHV enthusiasts when it voted to make no changes to its permit which allows OHV use at the Oceano Dunes SVRA. During its July 11 meeting in San Luis Obispo, the Commission rejected staff recommendations to further restrict motorized recreational access, with the eventual goal of prohibiting OHV and motorized vehicles at Oceano Dunes.
As a result of emails, letters and the many enthusiasts who appeared at the meeting, the Commission voted 8-2 against a prohibition on night riding, additional fencing to restrict OHV use, eliminating unlimited OHV use on holidays, and increased enforcement efforts focused on vehicle use and speed limit. The Commission also voted down a proposal to provide year-round protection to a 300-acre endangered species area, which is currently protected on a seasonal basis, and future closures for the purpose of dust control.
Congratulations and thank you to all who contacted the California Coastal Commission in opposition to its proposal to limit motorized recreational access at Oceano Dunes.