Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: On the Oceano Dunes

Shifting sands

Here we go again. One more attempt to get the dunes closed. How many objections are we going to have to listen to from those who want to close Pismo Beach to the recreational vehicles?

First it was exhaust pollution. Then someone tried to cause a disruption between the state property owner and the county property owner. Whiners have complained of the noise pollution fronting beach property. The bird lovers have gotten into the act using the Snowy Plover issue to close the beach.

Too many cigarettes butts and other trash was an issue. There was a time that the clam lovers engaged in a stiff campaign to remove vehicles from the beach.

Now the new issue is the recreational vehicles breaking the crust of the sand dunes. The Tribune jumped right into the controversy and had the ideal photo splashed on the front page of the May 10 issue with a sand rooster tail left by an ATV.

It will be just a matter of time before the bleeding hearts go before the Board of Supervisors to make them aware of their chronic conditions.

There are always shifting sands where the wind blows, get used to it.

Don Niday

Pismo Beach

A fragile balance

How many grains of sand are there in the world? We humans may never be able to answer this question but most people would agree that a lot would be an understatement.

Why then must people ride their ATVs on the dunes when there are so many other places they could go? Why must they insist on destroying such a unique habitat, one not found anywhere else, where a diverse group of species of plants and wildlife share?

Such a small space, such a fragile balance.

Perhaps the big boys can go find a sandbox to play somewhere else and pick on people (or wildlife) their own size.

Michelle Townsend

Pismo Beach