Goleta Beach Still Closed for High Bacteria Levels
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.