Your editorial asks where the outrage is about Nipomo’s dirty air (“Nipomo Mesa has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. So where’s the outrage?” July 9). There is outrage but it is overwhelmed by money. The last blocks of Grand Avenue in Grover Beach would virtually be a ghost town if riding on the beach stopped. Other businesses close to the beach would be hurt also. Seems money always wins.
I was literally born on the beach and lived there most of my life. I have been in Santa Ana wind at the beach. I got sandblasted, but the sand did not go airborne. I will say it again — go to the end of the Pismo Pier on a windy (onshore) day and look south. See that big dust cloud? It is only coming from the beach riding area where vehicles break down the crust on the sand and pulverize the sand into smaller particles that go airbone.
I have had numerous bouts of bronchitis since I moved to Nipomo. Some required medical intervention. You do not want that disease, which is possible for those impacted by the dust. Sand fences and vegetation are a waste of money and resources. The dust goes too high. The only cure is to stop riding on the dunes.
Rick Tibben, Nipomo
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