New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

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By John Palminteri of KEYT News

After several weeks of complaints from area residents, the Montecito beaches and hiking trails will have new parking limits.

The action came from the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, following an outcry from residents who have been snarled by cars and people even during the "stay well at home" order by Governor Gavin Newsom.

There's also been a complaint about excessive trash and disregard for environmental care.

Two-hour parking limits are in effect at Hot Springs Trailhead, Riven Rock Road, and on Humphrey Road and Miramar Avenue where they cross Eucalyptus through Memorial Day.

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a-1591053184 May 25, 2020 09:47 AM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Was at Rincon yesterday, tried Summerland first only to find massive RV's, 5th Wheels and trailers along the overlook just south of main lot. I/we were appalled. Why isn't SBSO enforcing? Additionally, cars parked on both sides where 'no parking' signs are. No tickets on windshields and as we went in a Sheriff was leaving in his Suburban-in all my years it was the lamest and most packed i'd ever seen. Onto Rincon, when we left, there was some words someone dug into the sand: "Garcetti Free Zone". I thought to myself this is where I live and I am getting pushed aside for some 909 JERRY in a dually and massive trailer.

qmc May 24, 2020 05:38 PM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Some residents have lived there long enough to remember when trail traffic was fairly light. Telling them to move because of bad actors is pretty lame. Unfortunately, there are ill behaved people that use these trails. There are hikers that are noisy, rude, litter, don't pick up their dog's poo, and other poor behavior characteristics that spoil it for the majority of polite hikers. Having people hooting and hollering at 5am is just plain rude. A trail head where my parents lived (in another city) was totally shut down to parking and hikers were turned away during off hours due to poor behavior and tour groups abusing the area.

a-1591053184 May 24, 2020 09:10 AM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Two hour parking limit on a trail head - ridiculous. I run on Tunnel trail. Sometimes there are a lot of cars, but it is a PUBLIC road, so the signs just ask that cars are well parked and clear of the road. Anyway, if a car leaves after two hours, isn't another car going to park there? As for the trash - agreed, I have seen a lot more litter lately. Fast food wrappers, plastic bottles, etc. My running friends and I have even picked it up - ew. Because then you feel like you have to hold your hand out to one side of you like it's contaminated and not a part of your body. Pick up your trash! Put it in your car or carry it with you until you find a trashcan. Be respectful.

a-1591053184 May 24, 2020 09:29 AM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Santa Claus Beach needs the same parking time limit and more attention to social distancing. It has become the party beach!

Lucky 777 May 24, 2020 08:47 AM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Well that certainly cuts out the equestrian use of the trails, it isn't practical to expect us to park, tack up, and then be back off the trail within 2 hours. Then again with the crush of people using the trails these days I'd suspect there isn't any room for horse/mule trailers to park anyway.

Luvaduck May 24, 2020 08:02 AM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Maybe SB resident stickers. I think this might be a reaction to people escaping LA County and bringing their big city manners with them. You see that on the roads, too.

ZeroHawk May 24, 2020 07:19 AM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

this is more stupidity from the SB managers. Good luck enforcing this and collecting fees. this is a court case just waiting to happen. sorry but if you bought a house near a popular trail head, that's your fault. I have been hiking those trails pre 1982. I can spend hours hiking and exploring cold springs. So now we have to set a timer on our watch/phone and run down the trail so we don't get a "ticket"? As i said, good luck with that. I'm out the door now with both of my kids, enroute to cold springs trail and we plan to hit up tangerine falls, that is about 3 hours RT. The SB county and Cito really need to rethink this. We can and should do the same. If you are from Montecito, we'll charge you higher parking fees and maybe shorten your time at the beach to 30 minutes. See how ya like that....

goletatim May 23, 2020 09:50 PM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Those 'area residents' should consider moving away from where the citizens of the United States of America choose to gather for recreation. Why endlessly complain? Move on, find a secluded spot for your home, somewhere where the weather is variable and live happily ever after...we need your land for parking our petroleum consuming vehicles and for that one that needs a charge station.

a-1591053184 May 23, 2020 08:17 PM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Wow as a resident of another South Coast district, I am stunned to see the favoritism offered to the residents of Montecito. What about the trails and Beach parking by Tunnel road? Hendry's? More Mesa? Gaviota? The Board could have applied some triggers that could be applied equally to other areas where congestion and related impacts have been a problem

a-1591053184 May 23, 2020 06:53 PM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Sounds to me like this is a case of rich Montecito residents taking advantage of COVID-19 to kick out non-residents, who have every right to access public hiking trails. Shame on them, and shame on the local authorities for pandering to their fascist sense of entitlement.

a-1591053184 May 23, 2020 01:26 PM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Horsewhipping is called for for people who trash trailheads, trails and beaches. Shame on those disgusting, disrepectful ps of s.

a-1591053184 May 23, 2020 12:18 PM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Don't these trails pre-date these neighborhoods? Wonder if there will be an increase in injuries/SAR calls from people rushing to get back!

88 May 23, 2020 11:46 AM
New Parking Limits Near Montecito Beaches

Yet those same Montecito people complaining about parking have no concern about tourists from heavily infected Los Angeles County coming to Coast Village Road and sitting next to locals at restaurants.

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