After 100+ years, California beach will finally be open to the public

posted by @JonManuel -

For more than a century, it was in private hands but following a recent California Coastal Commission announcement, 36 acres of Santa Barbara County coastal property will soon be a place we can all visit.

According to SF Gate:

Once known as Bixby Ranch and owned by a famous California ranching family, the shoreline is part of what is now the Cojo Jalama Ranches that sprawl over more than 37 square miles (96 sq. kilometers), including 11 miles (18 kilometers) of coastline.

The transfer is part of a settlement negotiated by the Coastal Commission's enforcement staff to mitigate unpermitted development that included grading land and installing dozens of water wells.

“Surfers and fans of open access to beaches received a win in California today when the California @coastalcommission agreed to make a 36-acre swath of land public, extending the Jalama Beach County Park, a pristine piece of public access in Santa Barbara County near the town of Lompoc. The agreement was made after it was found that landowners of the Cojo Jalama Ranches, formerly known as the Hollister and Bixby Ranches, were developing without permission. An AP report said that landowners were ‘grading land and installing dozens of water wells,’ sans permits. Along with the land transfer, the settlement includes $500,000 in cash to fund public access and environmental projects.” - The Inertia’s @joecarberry Full story on 📷 @coastalcommission #jalamabeach #santabarbara #surfsomething

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