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.