Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

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A very green Hollister Ranch from 2017 (Photo: John Wiley)

By edhat staff

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Wednesday that will produce public access to the exclusive Hollister Ranch beaches by 2022.

Assembly Bill 1680, introduced by Assemblymember Monique Limòn, amends the California Coastal Act of 1976 requiring a public access plan to be developed by April 1, 2021 with the beaches opening on April 1, 2022.

Hollister Ranch landowners have argued that public access to the 8.5 miles of beach should be banned or restricted and it's already accessible by boat or watercraft. After the bill's introduction, they've publicly called it unnecessary and a possible legal overreach. 

"The state Legislature, the state Constitution and the Coastal Act have all reaffirmed the public’s right to the beach. With [AB1680] and after almost 40 years, the state of California has made a clear statement that no matter your zip code, all Californians deserve a chance to enjoy our public parks and beaches. Hollister Ranch is no exception,” wrote Assemblymember Limòn on Twitter.

Governor Newsom echoed this by stating beaches should be public. "As Californians, respect and reverence for our beaches is in our DNA, so much so that we enshrined public beach access into our state constitution... I’ve long fought to protect these public treasures for future generations and to ensure any person can experience their beauty. That won’t change now that I’m governor,” he said to the Los Angeles Times.

The law will also make it a crime with a fine of tens of thousands of dollars for any person or group who tries to prevent public beach access. 

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yacht rocked Oct 11, 2019 07:06 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

Cojo Point and Reef Railroad Station planned for 2030. Boards allowed as free luggage on Amtrak. Enjoy the trip from Goleta, or SB, but please knock the sand off before returning. Shirts and closed-toe shoes required for safety. (kidding but not far-fetched) Too bad that Gaviota/HROA didn't work with the National Park Service. Their Draft Gaviota Coast Feasibility Study of July 2003 still stands as an excellent document for anyone who cares about balanced management of this area. (Google it.)

a-1571477497 Oct 11, 2019 05:32 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

On this one thing, Gruesome Newsom did right although I'll still be signing the recall petition. I wonder though, if the property prices were based on having property down to the beach and now portions of that will be taken by the state (essentially) do they have to pay them any time of eminent domain type reparations?

DBD Oct 11, 2019 12:40 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

Who here has actually stepped foot on the beach between Haskells and Gaviota? They are hardly used as is, I just don't see the point of spending millions of our tax dollars, and forcing people to give up parts of their property just to add a few more miles of similar coastline. Where are these people preaching for public access when it comes to the Plover and all the mess Lompoc has to deal with? Surf beach and Vandenberg are fine to keep off limits, but someones yard/property isnt'? I just don't get it.

ZeroHawk Oct 11, 2019 03:56 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

DBD yard and property doesnt correctly describe public access to a beach. I've "set foot" on that beach and the northern SB county beaches for decades and am really f'ning tired of the @ssholes that live at the ranch, (aside of a few of my buddies that lease some land there), chasing people off, threatening them, all the while they continue to abuse and trash the beach and bluffs. So really...your opinion and those that just want to argue for the sake of arguing, can pi## off.

DBD Oct 11, 2019 03:08 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

JQB- what is your stance on surf beach? vandenberg? If you had a fruit tree in the easement behind your house, would it be ok if your neighbors gained access to the tree by opening a gate and entering your backyard instead of walking around the block?

DBD Oct 11, 2019 03:08 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

JQB- what is your stance on surf beach? vandenberg? If you had a fruit tree in the easement behind your house, would it be ok if your neighbors gained access to the tree by opening a gate and entering your backyard instead of walking around the block?

a-1571477497 Oct 11, 2019 03:02 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

Here's the point: In CA the beaches are public property up to the mean high tide line. This "means" that the public must and should be allowed to access whichever beaches they please. Count me as one who has "set foot" on several stretches of beach from "Haskell's to Gaviota." As world population burgeons, I think it will be good for everyone if access is provided, if only for some of us to get away from other people for a while.

buckwheat Oct 11, 2019 11:52 AM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

Bravo to Monique, Gavin, and Judge Stern for helping to make this happen! It's been too long coming. As for the disgruntled HR residents, I suggest that they pool their money and buy an island somewhere where they won't have to worry about intruders.

a-1571477497 Oct 11, 2019 03:19 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

@ BUCKWHEAT--------I get where you're coming from, but I also get what it's like to be somewhere first and feel possessive of where one lives and the deep desire to want to protect it from those who won't show love and respect. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and keeping my hometown nice now pretty much feels like a lost cause. That said, I don't think HR property owners own the beach. It's time for them to appreciate that things are going to change for them. They will have to share. I just hope people are respectful and considerate of the gorgeous beaches they will now be allowed to visit.

gooddeko Oct 11, 2019 08:36 AM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

The lawyers are the real winners here this isn't going anywhere. Those greedy landowners are easy to target another topic of the government trying to form division between the people. This will be in the courts for years. Meanwhile plastic straws and shampoo bottles are banned but real problems like homelessness and unsustainable budget liabilities are not tackled. The state cannot even maintain the roads or the campgrounds or repair the broken pier but they are going to spend hundreds of millions on a private property land grab to make a coastal trail? This is definitely going to the supreme court.

a-1571477497 Oct 11, 2019 03:25 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

The Gaviota boat hoist has always been sabotaged by those who are trying to keep surfers and fishermen away from HR. Fix the hoist and next thing you know, it's broken again. What's the definition of insanity? "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." (Albert Einstein)

a-1571477497 Oct 11, 2019 02:52 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

@Alexblue, there is not an existing easement. If you're talking about the invalid YMCA easement brought up in other articles, even if it were valid it only allowed for a small number of individuals daily to be bused in (at CA's expense) to a particular spot just inside the gate, with a very dangerous pathway leading down to the beach.

a-1571477497 Oct 11, 2019 08:58 AM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

The boat hoist on the pier has long provide an easy way for non HR landowners to access hard to reach places of the Gaviota Coast. It's been broken for what, a decade? All the money the State has spent in the courts could have gone towards getting the hoist working again and restored easy access to this stretch of coast. But that would require our political leaders to have some fiscal responsibility, instead they're more concerned with padding their resumes for the next election.

a-1571477497 Oct 10, 2019 04:02 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

As someone who has been a guest on The Ranch many times, I can tell you that the guys who bought in on lots just so they can keep the surf all to themselves (and their buddies) are going to be sorely pissed about all of this. It's shameful for a small group of landowners to shut people off from any beach in CA. That said, I don't think opening up to the public is such a great thing. But . . . people keep having babies. People keep moving to CA. This is the future-----bumper to bumper humans.

biguglystick Oct 12, 2019 12:23 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

You are 100% correct! TOO MANY HUMANS! We need a moretoreum on births. Birth control: hand it out like candy! The traffic here sucks now, when it used to be our sleepy little local town. The rich elites of Hollywood found us and it's OVER.

Bird Oct 10, 2019 04:31 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

California's population in 1960: 15.72 million; 39.56 million in 2018; estimated in 2050: 60 million. Those who want privacy will need to be very rich or living way inland. https://www.statista.com/statistics/206097/resident-population-in-california/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-population/californias-population-to-hit-60-million-by-2050-idUSN0930091220070709

Factotum Oct 10, 2019 03:51 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

Is it their beach right down down to the mean high tide line - private property. The issue is how much "access" to the beach can the state demand. Plenty of public access to the Miramar Beach, but they do have the right to control the portion of the beach they actually own and pay property taxes on every year because of that private ownership.

a-1571477497 Oct 10, 2019 03:45 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

I heard there is a new surf gang called ‘ the ranch locos’ Get ready for the surf wars!!! Now a bunch of entitled brats are going to show up from LA like they did to Rincon and make it a ZOO. It’s going to get ruined!!! Trash, crowds etc,,, it’s ruined thanks to our liberal-retard governor who is turning California into a homeless, drug infested nightmare!!!

biguglystick Oct 12, 2019 12:26 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

YES! Vote the horrific climate denying foul crooked Republicans OUT! Return to a sense of respect for our environment and natural world. Vote to protect the Endangered Species Act and not open up our national parks to drilling, development and ranching!!!!!

Eggs Ackley Oct 12, 2019 11:29 AM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

alexblue you are dead wrong thinking it's not going to be crowded or fouled. Witness Naples point and the fifty plus cars parked near access point on a regular basis. 2-3 cars was usually the rule. Mostly UCSB bozos who are temporary visitors, transients by definition.

Eggs Ackley Oct 12, 2019 11:24 AM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

Dude LA and Orange County looks bought into the ranch long ago. There's this toad who kept his zodiac anchored at Augie's so he could boat up to perkos, cojo , and govies; drop in on the locals on his longboard. Mysterious his boat ended up halfway to the islands on a strong offshore evening with the anchor and line coiled in the bow. Yes there are a bunch of a-holes up there including one prick of a realtor. But opening to the hordes? No I disagree wholeheartedly. The precedent this sets is amazing untenable. Now any oceanfront property must allow access to the beach over their private land. Next it will be all parcels abutting any public lands such as state parks, county parks, national forest, blm land. This was an incredibly uninformed decision meant only to pander to the electorate. It will harm the natural resources some of us value and choose to protect. Shame on Monique Limon for this anti-environment piece of legislation. PS No current affiliation with HR or owners. Never had any ownership interest. Know the place pretty damn well though.

ZeroHawk Oct 11, 2019 10:53 AM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

345, you're clearly a trump supporter lol... Newsom is a very good governor. If you don't feel that the people of California have a right to enjoy any beach, then perhaps this is the wrong region for you to reside in. There is no surf gang. I have friends who lease a huge portion of the ranch. They are surfers and skaters and they are some of the nicest people I know. Rincon is a very special and well known surf spot and it's not for locals only....lol there are no locals by rincon...this isn't Hollywood beach or Pierpont in the 80s, or the Strand. Drug infested? Lol ok...whatever dude. Seems like you just like spouting off nonsense with nothing to back it up...it's a beach. we all have a right to access it.

Alexblue Oct 10, 2019 04:56 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

First off, the problem children at Rincon are not people from LA, they are the self appointed locals who think they deserve everything that comes through and just bad vibe all over the lineup. Second, it's a treck to get out to the ranch--it's not going to get that crowded. Third, the ranch owners at Hollister have been fouling their own nest for a long time, driving cars on the beach--which is total BS.

a-1571477497 Oct 10, 2019 03:30 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

Why is our government wasting time and money going through all of this. Within the next 12 years there won't even be a beach along Hollister Ranch...it will all be under water. Even the most hardened critics would have to agree that within 50 years that part of the coast will be toast...gone forever.

ZeroHawk Oct 11, 2019 10:57 AM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

Flicka, i surf and fish Padero lane all of the time. It's not closed and hasn't been for a very long time. I've met the land owner on a few occasions, just by chance, and he's a really nice guy. He was just worried about lawsuits if someone fell. Conan Obrien and George Lucas also have homes on the bluffs there. I met Kevin Costner's wife on that beach looking for sea glass. She's a cool lady. It's a rad beach. Even better is a little up by Overlook park, drive down the feeder road and park near the utility building, private and somewhat unknown beach right there!

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