I am concerned about the catastrophic consequences on my community of a special October event called Huckfest, an off-road vehicle competition and exhibition on the Oceano Dunes. Thousands of people drive through Oceano and on Grand Avenue to the dunes to watch or participate in the event. The Oceano community becomes a parking lot for a huge number of walk-in visitors. The surge of vehicles headed to and from the Pier Avenue entrance causes extreme gridlock, which would thwart response to any emergencies that occur in the community or in the dunes. The activity itself increases the likelihood of medical emergencies such as traumatic injuries and acute respiratory crises.
Huckfest was found responsible for significant air-quality violations last year. Why don’t our county supervisors put Huckfest through the same permit process as other events with more than 3,000 attendees? Some of the activities involved happen on county land.
We the people should have a say in what happens on public land. Please write to our supervisors to request a public hearing at which they decide on approval, approval with conditions or denial of this event.