SLO County Supervisors vote to manage Pirate’s Cove

After years of talking about how to fix health and safety issues at Pirate’s Cove in Avila Beach, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to manage Pirate’s Cove as a natural area. As part of the proposal, the beach will remain clothing optional.

For years, Pirates Cove has been plagued with excessive trash, graffiti, human waste and criminal activity. Earlier plans to improve the area were blocked by the California Coastal Commission.

“We have a real problem up there,” Supervisor Adam Hill said. “If you want anonymous sex or drugs, that is probably a good place to be. I would like us to drive those activities out of there.”

The supervisors discussed restricting parking at night while allowing access, adding cameras to capture criminal activity and staffing several park rangers and sheriff deputies at a cost of approximately $400,000 to $500,000 a year.

Supervisors John Peschong asked staff to bring the proposal back with a budget and plans for a coastal development permit.

County staff will now discuss recommendations with shareholders and bring back a proposal to the board of supervisors for further discussion.

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2 Comments about “SLO County Supervisors vote to manage Pirate’s Cove”

  1. ArroyoGrande2000 says:

    Does it surprise anyone that Supervisor Adam Hill knows if you want anonymous sex or drugs a good place to go is Pirates Cove? If Dee loses him maybe she should check at Pirates Cove.

  2. Boldguy says:

    Really, a half a million dollar budget and a Coastal Development Permit???
    Nothing has really changed at Pirates Cove in at least 50 years, the problem has always been, the pervs on the cliffs ogleing the sunbathers on the Beach and leaving their trash and beer bottles behind:(
    Why wouldn’t you start with a dumpster, a little parking lot grading by the County Road Crew and a few Sheriff patrols checking things out???
    Promote a Beach clean up day now and again, add signage imploring users to bring back more trash than they took down to the beach with them!!!
    Adding dumpsters will do more than all the rest of the proposed ideas, if you want people to do something, create the ability for them to do so and then gently nurture them to do so:)

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