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How should Pirate's Cove be cleaned up? Have your say at a SLO County workshop

What people are saying about trash and nudity at Pirate’s Cove near Avila Beach

Pirate's Cove is San Luis Obispo County's only nude beach. But it isn't the nudity that people complain about most. It's the trash.
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Pirate's Cove is San Luis Obispo County's only nude beach. But it isn't the nudity that people complain about most. It's the trash.

Pirate's Cove is known for trash, late-night parties, public drunkenness, graffiti, and its disaster crash-course parking lot. Aside from all that, it's also beautifully undeveloped public land and a Native American sacred site.

San Luis Obispo County officials say they want to find potential solutions to the problems at Cave Landing, but they know they need public support to get anything done, especially after the county's attempt to develop the site as part of the County Park System fell apart in 2014.

To that end, County Parks will hold a public workshop so nearby residents, park-users and anyone with an opinion on the matter can say what they think the county should do to create a safer parking area and to protect public access to the beach, cave, trails, coastal views and night star viewing.

It starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the PG&E Community Center at 6588 Ontario Road in San Luis Obispo.

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Coastal Cleanup Day takes place at 30 sites on San Luis Obispo County beaches, creeks, parks and lakes. This event, hosted by ECOSLO, is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by the Ocean Conservancy.

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