SLO County evicts homeless from lot above Pirate’s Cove

May 14, 2021


As part of San Luis Obispo County’s effort to remake the area surrounding Pirate’s Cove, officials on Thursday evicted the homeless who had been living in an encampment at the parking lot above the popular beach.

In March, the SLO County Board of Supervisors decided to incorporate Cave Landing into the county parks systems. Cave Landing is the cliffside area that leads to Pirate’s Cove, which had traditionally been a nude beach and scene for counterculture in SLO County.

On Thursday, workers launched a cleanup of Cave Landing, which includes removing garbage and graffiti, as well as a redesign of the parking lot.

Approximately 25 to 45 vehicles had been parked in the Cave Landing parking lot nightly. Only 11 vehicles remained Thursday morning. The individuals who had been living in the 11 vehicles left voluntarily without conflict, County Parks and Recreation Director Nick Franco said.  [KSBY]

Kurt Bretcher, who had been living at Pirate’s Cove for the past few years, said individuals at the encampment received notice over the prior couple days saying they had to leave or face arrest. The encampment may have seemed like a bunch of messed up people living a messed up life, but they were the ones who had been looking out for the place, Bretcher said.

County officials have been working with the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition and Transitions Mental Health to assist those who had been living at Cave Landing.


They were the ones looking after the place???? If it wasn’t so sick it would be funny. I recently hiked there after not having seen the desecration for at least a year and I was completely disgusted with the amount of excrement, used TP and trash scattered everywhere around that area. I was so saddened and disgusted that when I saw some people approaching the area from the El Portal direction I stopped them and alerted them to what they would find. They said they were visiting the area and had no idea. I apologized to them that they were going to see some pretty gross conditions,

I’m so happy this place is FINALLY being cleaned up. It’s one of the prettiest views in the area and I wonder if all of the County’s efforts will really make a difference. I certainly hope so.


Thank you for cleaning up the absolute disgrace the area had become. How about running the bums out of downtown SLO next?


Great job Wade Horton and Nick Franco. Apparently, you have no understanding of constitutional rights for the wayward traveler. Wade, maybe when you were at the City of SLO you missed Dietricks monumental “f-up” that cost the City millions. Likely you head was so far up administrations ass that you couldn’t learn by the mistakes of others. Now you have evicted the homeless from public property wherein nec vi, nec clam, nec precario has been established and exercised for over twenty years. Oh, I see a lawsuit based upon constitutional law coming that will cost county taxpayers millions. Maybe you also missed the Orange County decision rendered under Judge Carter last year that cost that county over $30,0000,000.00. You are both a pair of “f-ups” who have no business in the positions that you are in. Maybe you will just gift public funds to county employees again in violation of State law.

kevin rise

I think the Chumash, this is a burial sight, they had no monetary system or wealth or poverty, would welcome the homeless. Why cant i evict the rich who desecrated this land in 20 years and ruined our ground water. Hm.


“they were the ones who had been looking out for the place” and the sad shape the place was in was done while they were not looking out?????


Having worked around and cleaned up after the homeless for 14 years, I can personally attest to the fact that they always claim to be the ones cleaning up the parks. It was BS then and it’s BS now. I used to enjoy Pirate’s back in the 80s and early 90s, but it turned into a cesspool. Long past time for a change out there.


Everything they touch turns to excrement, beginning with their own lives.