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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Sam The Dog Oct 11, 2019 09:14 AM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

"Unless" you ignore the 2 prior ways I provide to enter the ranch, as well as ignore the third I'm presenting now (know a friend), there are ZERO ways to access the Ranch..... seriously? Why does there have to be roads, parking, restrooms, and BBQ's at every stretch of beach? And those facilities couldn't be on public property, because they'd get destroyed by high tides so they'd have to be on someones private property. So let's take that private land from the have's and give it to you, the have not's or choose not to's so you can have a BBQ at an extremely remote beach. You know, the ocean and Channel Islands are a public resource, but I don't have a boat, let's enact legislation that would require every rich person who could afford a boat to leave 2 seats open on any voyage to the Channel Islands for members of the public.

a-1571478517 Oct 10, 2019 06:36 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

SAM THE DOG. Read my comment again. I wrote "unless." *Unless* you walk in or boat in. Or if you happen to know a property owner who signs you in (and your dog, too) and who wants to sit on the beach with you. You can't even go to the beaches there unless the person who signed you in goes with you.

Alexblue Oct 10, 2019 05:54 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

And by the way, the private lifeguards at Paradise Cove tried to eject me from the beach when I was sitting on the sand below the mean hight tide line after having walked with my board from a southerly public access spot--totally legal and within my rights. I educated them. They got mad. They walked away. I laughed. Now of course Paradise Cove is public access.

a-1571478517 Oct 10, 2019 05:20 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

A** holes will be A** holes no matter where the surf break is. Same at Rincon, the Shores, Wind n Sea, amoung many many others. I seriously doubt anyone who walked in is getting hassled just sitting on the beach.

Sam The Dog Oct 10, 2019 04:48 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

@ 4:12 PM You realize you provided 2 very feasible ways to access the beaches along Hollister Ranch then said "you have ZERO access" in the same sentence? I also didn't know you needed to be "athletic" to walk and if you're not athletic enough to walk you probably shouldn't be surfing out in the ocean anyway. And no, people no longer drive on the beach up there, google prior articles. Phew! That was a lot of misinformation in just four sentences, do you work for CNN?

a-1571478517 Oct 10, 2019 04:12 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

SAM THE DOG. Drive up to Hollister Ranch soon and report back how much luck you had getting access to the beaches there. Unless you walk in at low tide (hope you're athletic) or boat in, you have ZERO access to the 14 surf breaks up there. Woe be to you if you try to set foot on the beach once you've boated into a cove. And, yes, people drive on the beach up there-----the property owners.

Sam The Dog Oct 10, 2019 03:34 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

Not exclusivity, but privacy on their own private property. No one up there is preventing people from enjoying the beach, which is public property. What this bill is trying to do is circumvent eminent domain (at least to portion that requires just compensation for the taking) and take private property (not the beach) in order to more easily access the public property (beach). This circumvention of just compensation and respect for private property rights is why, as MilliMesa said, this bill is a waste of time and won't stand up in the courts.

ypyetr Oct 10, 2019 03:04 PM
Governor Signs Bill Offering Public Hollister Ranch Beach Access

If only it was about the wildlife! It is about the privileged wanting exclusivity where public domain is inherent. It's no worse than the owners along Padero Lane in Carpinteria aggressively intimidating people walking on what they perceive as "their" beach.

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