SAN LUIS OBISPO, California – The future of off-road riding at the Oceano Dunes is the topic of discussion at a California Coastal Commission meeting underway on Thursday in San Luis Obispo.
Those on both sides of the issue have shown up to listen to a staff report released by the California Coastal Commission. California State Parks and various other San Luis Obispo County leaders have already taken the podium. Many more, some from the Central Valley, have also signed up to voice their opinions during public comment. Each person will get one minute to address the California Coastal Commission.
Off-roading is a major attraction at the dunes but it’s been met by differing opinions of protecting the environment to the economy.
Safety there is also a hot button topic; four people have died in crashes at the dunes so far in 2019.
A recent 65-page staff report concluded something needs to change.
As of June 2019, there were 1,100 aces open to the public according to California State Parks. That number could soon be reduced and 450 acres may be closed to the public. The Coastal Commission said all of the dunes will not be closed, however.
The meeting is expected to last all day on Thursday. It’s being held at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.