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CA - Opinion: Chambers of commerce oppose Coastal Commission's plan for Ocean Dunes

The South County Chambers of Commerce on Friday wrote a letter to the California Coastal Commission asking for a new economic analysis of the Ocean Dunes impact on the local economy and regional representation on the commission. The Coastal Commission is March 18 and is expected to vote to phase out off-road vehicles on the dunes.

Opposition to voting without a completed economic analysis, nor regional representation on the commission

The South County Chambers of Commerce is honored to represent the South San Luis Obispo County business community and its tens of thousands of employees. Our mission is to create partnerships and opportunities to ensure businesses prosper. We wish to impress upon the Commissioners that you need not decide on the phased closure of the Oceano Dunes Off-Highway State Vehicle Recreation Area (ODSVRA) at the special meeting on March 18, 2021. In fact, doing so without a completed economic analysis, nor South Central Coast regional representation on the Coastal Commission may set a dangerous precedent for future proceedings of this magnitude, throughout the Coastal Commission’s jurisdictional area.

One of the Chamber’s top priorities for the last three years has been to advocate for the continued use of the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area at the Oceano Dunes State Park and the tourists this amenity brings to our region. We represent the interest of business to government for 750 businesses in South County. The Oceano Advisory Council does not represent the businesses.

In fact, now more than ever, we are committed to being an effective advocate for South County businesses. This is why, though we understand that the local economy and jobs are not central to the Commission’s decision-making process, we believe it is important to understand the current state of the South County economy and impacts we already know to be coming to the region in the near future.

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