Hollister Ranch Fights to Limit Public Beach Access

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Hollister Ranch is one of the last chunks of California coastline that isn’t overdeveloped. Old oak trees and coastal sage scrub decorate the stretches between scattered houses, stables, and barns that blend in peacefully with the sandy landscape.

But this beautiful expanse of hilly grasslands and private beaches may not be as secluded in the near future. The California Coastal Commission and State Coastal Conservancy are fighting to provide access for non-residents onto these beaches that are mostly public by law.

These agencies are looking to capitalize on the 1982 YMCA plan to build a camp on land that eventually became part of Hollister Ranch, which requires public access to the site and the nearby beach.

Private settlement talks are ongoing. If these agencies are successful, people will be able to reach stretches of surf and sand that have long been off limits.

This would be a huge victory for the Coastal Commission, which has been trying to give the public access to this stretch of coastline since the YMCA plan’s approval in the 80s.

The next private hearing is scheduled for October 2, 2017.

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Flicka Aug 25, 2017 12:00 PM
Hollister Ranch Fights to Limit Public Beach Access

We went up to the ranch in the 1960s when the Santa Barbara Surf Club had permission to use the beaches. Some of the guys built shacks on the sand, against the bluffs. Spent the night in one, great experience. GOBBLEYGOOK, I think it's rather obvious the Hollister Ranch homeowners are fighting back, as they have been forever.

Gobbledygook Aug 25, 2017 10:55 AM
Hollister Ranch Fights to Limit Public Beach Access

Editor: This headline makes no sense as there's not a speck of info in the article about Hollister Ranch "fighting." It's all about the Coastal Commission, with a confusing reference to a settlement being negotiated with someone or other. Also the first paragraph is about development, which has little to do with beach access. It looks like key information was edited out of this article.

tagdes Aug 25, 2017 11:38 AM
Hollister Ranch Fights to Limit Public Beach Access

Since the 2 agencies are not fighting each other I'd guess it'd have to be the ranch residents that don't want the public in. Not too difficult to glean that out of the article since this has been a recurring issue for years.

a-1503606511 Aug 24, 2017 01:28 PM
Hollister Ranch Fights to Limit Public Beach Access

If I'm not mistaken anyone can access the public stretches of beach on Hollister ranch, between the water and the highest water mark, by boat. It's just land access over private property that is restricted.

Unlike the Vinod Khosla law suits where the public has enjoyed access for 70 years that's not the case at Hollister Ranch... not to be mistaken for the Naples beach property ownership that tried to block public access after it had been in place for more than 5 years. That case also won on the grounds of the public easement having been established by previous owners.

a-1503601194 Aug 24, 2017 11:59 AM
Hollister Ranch Fights to Limit Public Beach Access

Could swear Edhat told me that "Shift Enter" created a paragraph break, "like lots of other apps/sites."

I was told "Anyone can add spaces in their comment if the select Shift and hit enter at the same time. Pretty standard for text box writing. "

trying again:

paragraph break?

a-1503601031 Aug 24, 2017 11:57 AM
Hollister Ranch Fights to Limit Public Beach Access

Hope it turns out like Vinod's. *hols

However, Hollister has been historically limited. I don't know the details, history or nomenclature. I do know that CA doesn't allow shutting down beach access. I also know how arcane law can be, and that those with $$ are favored.

Billionaire Vinod Khosla, a **co-founder of Sun Microsystems** (all he thinks that matters)

"In a decision that could have far-reaching impacts on other coastal access cases, the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 3-0 that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla violated the California Coastal Act when he ended decades of public access to Martins Beach, south of Half Moon Bay, after he purchased the 89-acre property surrounding the beach."


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