Letters to the Editor

Trash on highways, beaches just as important as oaks at Justin Winery

Trash is littered around an overflowing garbage can on the blufftop at Pirate’s Cove in early September.
Trash is littered around an overflowing garbage can on the blufftop at Pirate’s Cove in early September. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

I just read your commentary on “Donation clouds Cal Poly’s short-term memory.” I was appalled at The Tribune’s so-called environmental outrage when you have not printed anything about how our coastline and ocean are being destroyed.

Environmentally sensitive areas means just that. If you trash and trample on it you are destroying it. The area around Pirates Cove needs a rest and a chance to rejuvenate. The trash is appalling on land and in the ocean. Yes, Justin took out some very old trees, but they did plant something else and didn’t completely destroy the land, like the people have done to Pirates Cove and the area around it.

The hikers have widened the path on the top of the Ontario Ridge three-fold and this year during the rains the entrance on Shell Beach Road was washed out. That didn’t stop any of the people who use it and nothing has been done to fix it. Justin is the least of our problems. We need more land conservation, once it is decimated it is gone forever.

The trash along our highways is mind boggling. We need stiffer penalties for littering. Your article in The Tribune about the California Coastal Commission was an eye opener. I thought they wanted to preserve our coast, now I find they are for destroying it with allowing people who trash, trample and destroy the natural habitat of animals and birds on the perilous, precious bluff area!

Judy Brown, Pismo Beach

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