It is ludicrous and hypocritical to discuss the improvement of Oceano without considering closing its beach to traffic and making better use of the land now occupied by an elite airport. Oceano already has what could turn it into a “golden nugget”: sand dunes, lagoon, estuary and beach.
Unfortunately, our beach is used as a road, but without sidewalks, stop signs or pedestrian crossings. On Oceano Beach, pedestrians have to give way to cars. Our beach is not accessible to all; it is accessible only to cars.
The California Coastal Act is violated every time I must drive to Grover or Pismo to walk on the beach safely. Oceano residents and property owners are the only beach located taxpayers in California who do not have a pedestrian-safe beach. Yes, the dunes boardwalk and the trolley should go all the way to Oceano Beach; Pier Avenue could be lined with shops and motels; the airport could be turned into an eco-friendly parking lot so people could park and walk on Pier Avenue, the beach and the dunes.
Business would flourish for everybody, not just for the off-road rentals and a few pilots. Most of all, Oceano Beach could become a safe, stress-free experience for everyone.
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