Goleta Oil Piers Removal Celebration Scheduled for June

By the City of Goleta

The California State Lands Commission invites the community to two special events that are being hosted in the City of Goleta in early June related to Platform Holly and the successful removal of the last two shorezone oil piers in California. Both events are in person.

The first event, on Monday June 5 at 9 a.m., is a celebration of the successful removal of the last two oil production shorezone piers in California. This landmark project removed two enormous rusted and derelict structures that blighted the coastline and represents a significant milestone in our transition away from fossil fuels and enhancing public access to and along our coast. We will meet at 9 a.m. in the public parking lot, known as the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Club Parking Lot, which is next to the Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa, and then walk to the beach.

  • WHO: California State Lands Commission and Tribal, State, and Local Partners
  • WHAT: Commemorate removal of the last two shorezone oil piers in California.
  • WHEN: Monday June 5, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
  • WHERE: The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Club parking lot, which also serves as the public parking lot for visitors to Haskell’s Beach.

The second event, on Wednesday, June 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. is a Town Hall that the Commission, together with the City of Goleta, is hosting to update the community about the status and timeline to decommission Platform Holly. The Town Hall will take place at the City of Goleta Council Chambers, located at 130 Cremona Drive, Goleta, CA 93117. **NOTE: This town hall will be in-person only. A live recording will be available via webcast afterward.

For more information, please contact Sheri Pemberton at sheri.pemberton@slc.ca.govor 916.574.1992.


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  1. To the politicians this “represents a significant milestone in our transition away from fossil fuels”. But one would hope some kind of memorial plaque might be put up commemorating all the good the piers brought to our area, as well as the bad, and the Historic significance of those very piers being attacked by an enemy during World War II. They just erased a whole bunch of history.

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