Oceanfront land likely to become state park

About 4 miles of oceanfront state land west of Highway 1 and just north of Cayucos likely will be officially named Estero Bluffs State Park.

About a dozen people attended a public meeting hosted by the California Department of Parks and Recreation on Monday in Cayucos, according to Nick Franco, superintendent of the State Park’s district that includes the coastal property.

Neighboring property owner Duane Waddell recommended using a Native American name for the land. Franco said he would forward the suggestion to representatives of the Salinan and Chumash tribes.

Many who turned out to talk about the park are members of the Cayucos Land Conservancy, which enforces environmental protections on the property through a perpetual conservation easement.

The state agency proposed classifying the area as a state park, rather than a state reserve.

“The conservation easement protects it like a reserve,” Franco said, but the park designation allows people to continue riding bikes or walking their leashed dogs on the informal trails south of San Geronimo Creek. Those uses are not allowed in state reserves, he said.

The state Park and Recreation Commission must finalize any recommendations on names or classifications.

— Kathe Tanner

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