County staff says scrap Pirate’s Cove plans
August 22, 2014
San Luis Obispo County planning staff is recommending that the board of supervisors ditch a proposed $1.5 million upgrade to San Luis Obispo County’s lone nude beach.
County staff had previously planned to use grant funding to pave a dirt parking lot on a bluff above the beach and to improve a trail down to the cove. The project also would have included adding a restroom and signs to the area.
But, in July, the California Coastal Commission rejected nearly all of the proposed improvements. Several local residents had previously appealed the project, saying it was unnecessary.
Due to the Coastal Commission’s initial rejection, it is unclear whether the county can maintain grant funding for the project. The county could still amend the project and submit another permit application to the Coastal Commission.
It could also construct a small portion of new trail that the commission has already approved.
County staff says there is too much uncertainty, though, regarding funding of the Pirate’s Cove upgrades.