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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Oceano Dunes - Editorial Printed as News

Beach vacation takes a turn down noisy, congested lane
Bob Cuddy -

Beach days are here,and here’s a swift kick in the pail and shovel from a top coastal protector to those looking for a family vacation experience near Pier Avenue in Oceano:
Go someplace else. The vehicles have taken over. “Without intending to be cavalier about your concerns ... I suggest you find another area for your next vacation,” Peter Douglas, executive director of the California Coastal Commission, wrote in a letter to a couple from San Jose who had a nightmare experience at the beach.
“P.S.,” Douglas added, “unfortunately, I have given this same advice to others who have had similar reactions and experiences to yours.”
The fact that the beach south of Pier Avenue has become a highway may be old news to Douglas, but to Bob and Nickie Sumner of San Jose, it was a revelation.
The Sumners had been coming to Pismo Beach every May and December for 12 years, staying at a hotel. This year, with the hotel unwilling to accommodate three small dogs they wanted to walk, they rented a house on Oceano’s Strand.
“What we thought to be a restful vacation turned ... very stressful and horrible,” they wrote Douglas. The portion of beach the Sumners’ rental house fronted is a mile-long approach to the spot across Arroyo Grande Creek where off-roaders ride their off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreational Area.
Now, no rational person seeking peace and quiet would vacation at the ATV portion of this park. It is not about solitude or mystical bonding with nature; it is about noise and speed and power and a shared family love of same.
It is a subculture all its own, a perfectly legitimate one, but it is different from the subculture of other beach-goers, including the Sumners.
And so there is noise down there. But what about the approach to the Vroom-Vroom Dunes? Is restfulness there, as the Sumners expected?

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It is pathetic that this was printed as a news article. It is much better suited as an editorial.

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