Letter to the Editor

Speak out on trail use

Director of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, San Luis ObispoMay 1, 2013 

Regarding Dave Watson’s April 25 viewpoint, “Coastal Commission should re-evaluate Ontario Ridge plan”: The public has been utilizing the trail from Ontario Ridge to Pirates Cove for years. The property owners seek to curtail its use. The alternative access that the owners are proposing is a nonstarter because it would be on county property.

A property owner can’t be required to make improvements on property owned by the county, and creating or maintaining such an access way is something for which the county has neither plans, nor funds.

The only reason the commission can’t “legally require” the applicants to continue to provide for the use of the existing trail is because the research has not been done to prove that the public has established a “prescriptive right” to use the trail. That research is going on right now.

If anyone has ever used the trail from Ontario Ridge to Pirates Cove, especially if you did so more than five years ago, notify Linda Locklin of the California Coastal Commission, at linda.locklin@coastal.ca.gov. Your letter should describe, to the best of your recollection, the date, circumstance and duration of your trail use.

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