Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels

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Dumping of 1/9 debris flow mud from Montecito at Goleta Beach in late January 2018 (Photo: Melinda Burns)

Source: City of Goleta

Some questions have been raised about Goleta Beach in the aftermath of the material being deposited there since the January 9 storm. Depositing of this material has ceased and access to Goleta Beach Park is open. However, the waters off Goleta Beach are still closed due to higher than normal levels of bacteria there.   We appreciate our residents' concerns and want to update you on the efforts to restore safe access to this important beach.

As most know, Goleta Beach is not within the City’s jurisdiction, but instead is under the County's control. Still we recognize that this park and beach are heavily used by Goleta residents and that our City does have a role and great interest in assuring public access to both. 

Goleta's Mayor and staff have had numerous discussions with Santa Barbara County staff. Most recently, Mayor Paula Perotte and City Manager Michelle Greene met with County Supervisor Janet Wolf and County staff to discuss why the ocean water at Goleta Beach remains closed and what actions the County is taking to reopen it.  We are working cooperatively to keep the public informed on our progress in reopening the beach as soon as it is safe.  We are also urging the County to identify alternative places to deposit material should the need arise again and the County assured us that they are committed to seeking alternative disposal sites.

In the interim, we wanted to assure the public that Goleta officials and staff are actively involved in the discussions and have expressed our deepest concern about the impacts the deposited material has created.  We remain committed to the restoration of safe ocean water at this treasured community and environmental resource.  We are also committed to keeping the community informed as this situation progresses. Thank you for your concern over this special place.

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a-1525525917 May 05, 2018 06:11 AM
Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels

Oh, the paid shill for the County? Seth something or other? Yeah, total credibility loss for the so-called Project Clean Water scam. Also where are the Heal the Ocean folk? Environmental Defense? They turned their collective backs on Goleta Beach and don’t even pretend to care that their rosy predictions about minimal impact from the Montecito sludge did not pan out. Talk about environmental injustice!

a-1525470290 May 04, 2018 02:44 PM
Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels

This is really a bummer and was completely foreseeable. What's worse though, is that any of us Goleta residents who complained about the dumping of toxic mud on our beach were instantly (and quite rudely at times) shot down and received backlash as being "uncaring" or "selfish" or some other nonsense about the tragedy in Montecito.

horsegirl May 05, 2018 12:36 PM
Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels

Some comments from both sides were completely horrible, I understand the frustration with this situation but I think at the time it was the best option. I still don’t think it’s acceptable for people to be commenting “Montecito should have kept their bacteria” or making it seem like it was dumped in Goleta rather than Montecito because Montecito has money like they are on Facebook. Kinda insensitive if you ask me. We all know why it wasn’t dumped on the beach in Montecito and money has nothing to do with it. I wish this whole situation didn’t have to happen, but it did, and it’s being fixed, and that’s all we can do at this point.

goletatim May 05, 2018 06:47 PM
Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels

Seemed informative to me. Goleta Beach is still closed due to high bacteria level. The County dumped storm detritus on THIER beach and we have been informed that the County and the City of Goleta are talking about it - Yay, love the information. When can we wade in the water? Who knows, maybe sometime after long shore drift moves the debris towards the Santa Barbara Harbor. During this time maybe they'll talk about changing the name to County Beach.

JB86 May 05, 2018 08:27 PM
Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels

So, where is our 3rd District Supervisor? In fact WHO is our 3rd District Supervisor? I expect their attention is elsewhere - on to the next gig. Pretty pathetic.

Factotum May 06, 2018 10:33 AM
Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels

Joan Hartman is your third district county supervisor, recently having succeeded Doreen Farr - part of the long-standing south county three vote block on the county board of supervisors.

midair May 06, 2018 01:11 AM
Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels

You can thank Tom Fayram for all of this. He made the decision and isn't worried about the contamination. Of course he doesn't live anywhere near Goleta.............

Jim Jones May 08, 2018 05:50 PM
Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels

Janet Wolf has censored my original comment and violated my First Amedment Rights. Typical for a Progressive who fears everyone who disagrees with her....second district residents have been under represented for too long! Almost 12 years to be exact. January can't come soon enough.

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