I am a resident and homeowner of Oceano. Our beach is poised to succumb to sea level rise because of the activities of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation Division of State Parks, especially at the Pier Avenue ramp.
The off-road division uses the Oceano beach as the main entrance to its off-road recreation area. Millions of cars every year access the beach through Pier Avenue.
To facilitate this process, OHV has excavated, leveled and removed tons of sand from Oceano’s beach. The end of Pier Avenue has been turned into a dangerous tunnel through which seawater could channel to explode on neighboring communities.
The foredunes, which used to protect the beach communities from strong winds, blowing sand and potential rogue waves, have been partially removed to make room on the beach for cars, trucks and motor homes traveling to the off-road recreation area.
Sea level rise requires an immediate re-evaluation of the constant excavation, leveling and removal of sand from the Oceano Dunes and beaches to maintain the ramp and the beach for OHV purposes.