Explore the Coast Overnight

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The California coast is a world-renowned treasure, celebrated for its spectacular scenery, temperate climate, and unrivaled recreational opportunities. The image of the California coast is such a vital part of the national psyche that it is often a prominent feature in popular songs and movies. People are drawn to the coast for many reasons, but mainly to relax and enjoy its extraordinary scenic features and recreational opportunities. The beaches, bluffs, trails, piers, harbors, waterfronts, estuaries, parks, cities, and towns along the coast offer abundant opportunities for discovery and adventure during weekend trips or even lengthy vacations.

Despite the various access projects of the conservancy and other agencies, barriers to coastal access remain including the scarcity of affordable overnight accommodations for lower and middle-income individuals and families desiring to visit the coast.

To address this need for affordable coastal accommodations, in 2017 the California State Legislature enacted AB 250. This legislation created the State Coastal Conservancy’s Explore the Coast Overnight Program and called for preparation of a Lower-Cost Coastal Accommodations Assessment.

The draft assessment was released to the public on November 26, and can be found here: Explore the Coast Overnight Assessment Draft

The Conservancy would like to invite you to read and submit your comments on the Explore the Coast Overnight Assessment by Friday, January 25, 2019 via any of the following methods:

  • Email: etcovernight (at) scc.ca.gov
  • Fax: (510) 286 – 0470
  • Mail a hard copy to:

State Coastal Conservancy
C/O Rodrigo Garcia
1515 Clay St. Suite 1000
Oakland, CA 94612

The comments received will be reviewed and may be integrated into the assessment, which will then be presented at the State Coastal Conservancy’s board meeting on March 14, 2019. The public board meeting is planned to take place at the Lakeside Room at Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd, Riverside, CA 92501. More details about the board meeting will be posted to the State Coastal Conservancy’s website, http://scc.ca.gov/public-meetings/, as it gets closer to March 14.

Explore the Coast Overnight Draft Assessment Webinar

On January 8th, 2019, the Conservancy hosted a Webinar to discuss the draft of the Explore the Coast Overnight Assessment. The recording of this webinar is below:

To download the slides and list of questions asked during the Webinar in a PDF version, click here.

 

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For more information, contact:

Fanny Yang, North & Central Coast Project Support Analyst

(510) 286-2238

fanny.yang (at) scc.ca.gov

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Rodrigo Garcia, South Coast Project Support Analyst

(510) 286-0316

rodrigo.garcia (at) scc.ca.gov

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