Line drawn in the sand between beach access and protection

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California. Photo source: ©© Wally Gobetz


Even on such a soggy, San Francisco day, people still enjoy city beaches. It’s incredible that 19th-century legislators had the foresight to preserve coastal areas as a public right in the California Constitution. For more than 40 years, the California Coastal Act has further protected “maximum access” to the coast “for all the people.”

But maximum access comes with challenges, such as habitat destruction and litter. How should San Francisco leaders and agencies strike the delicate balance between ensuring our beaches welcome everyone today and remain a treasure for everyone tomorrow?..

Read Full Article, SF Examiner (02-15-2017)

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