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The Oceano Dunes, a few miles south of Pismo Beach off Highway 1, are a major destination for off-roaders and campers. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

CA - Keep the Dunes Closed to Off-Roaders

Upon learning that the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Area (ODSVRA) will be closed until Oct. 1, dozens of off-roaders attended the California Coastal Commission (CCC) meeting on July 9.

They argued that they are being denied enjoyment of the beach that they pay for with Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division money—their money, for their park and the conservation measures it needs. They argued that they are low-income families deserving cheap camping on the beach, that disabled people can't access the beach but in a vehicle.

In truth, people don't need to drive on the dunes and beach to enjoy them and have a good family time.

Without thousands of vehicles destroying the beach and dunes, we wouldn't need conservation measures. The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division receives 70 percent of its funds from the gasoline tax, which we all pay. State Parks has beach wheelchairs for special needs citizens.

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Read also Off-roaders face ban at Oceano Dunes: ‘This is like the Wild West. Anything goes’, Los Angeles Times, July 9, 2020.