Imagine a safe and sustainable Oceano Dunes
ACCESS FOR ALL
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the beaches fronting Oceano and Grover Beach were vehicle-free for 7 months for the first time in years. They were transformed into vibrant and safe beaches for swimming, surfing, walking, biking, horseback riding, kiteboarding, fishing and other low-impact recreational activities.
California State Parks reopened the beach to street legal vehicles in October 2020. When COVID restrictions ease, they plan to reopen the park to OHV activity, which will reimpose direct threats to wildlife, sensitive habitats and community health.
The Oceano sand dune area is recognized by scientists, conservationists, government agencies and the public as the finest, most extensive coastal dunes remaining in California. The beach and dunes offer critical habitat for endangered shorebirds and other rare plant and animal species.
Impacts of Vehicle Activity on the Oceano Dunes
Understand how off-roading vehicle activity takes a huge toll on the beach and dunes at Oceano.
Please Protect the Dunes!
People for the Dunes is a community-focused campaign funded by donations from residents, businesses and organizations along California’s Central Coast. All campaign participants work as volunteers and vow that every penny of every donation will support efforts to make Oceano Dunes and beach a safe and sustainable park for all to enjoy. Please contribute today!
Please share you concerns. Every voice counts!
Communicate directly to the California Coastal Commission
Submit comments by email at OceanoDunesReview@coastal.ca.gov
Submit comments by mail to 725 Front Street, Suite 300, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Speak to the Coastal Commissioners at the special hearing on March 18, 2021 using your telephone, cell phone, computer or tablet. Instructions to do so are on the Commission’s web page at www.coastal.ca.gov
For any questions, contact Kevin Kahn, the Coastal Commission’s Central Coast District Supervisor and its lead coastal planner on Oceano matters at 831-427-4863 or
Please check this website for more information about this issue and California State Parks’ Coastal Development Permit
Speak in support of a safe and sustainable Oceano Dunes and beach at any California Coastal Commission meeting
Please check this website for this month's meeting agenda and updated information.
If you need assistance in preparing to speak before the Commission, you may contact the Dunes Alliance at PeopleForTheDunes@gmail.com.
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The Oceano Dunes and beach are a local treasure that should be open to all for safe, enjoyable non-motorized recreation. If you agree, please consider joining our effort and spreading the word!
About People for the Dunes
People for the Dunes, a campaign of the Dunes Alliance, supports a safe and sustainable Oceano Dunes and beach for all.
The campaign advances a new, inclusive vision of recreation and conservation at Oceano Dunes that will secure environmental justice for surrounding communities, ensure better protection for wildlife and the natural environment, boost the local economy and respect the area’s cultural heritage.