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10 • 09 • 2012

Stopped Parking Fees at Santa Barbara County Beaches

Thanks in part to Surfrider Foundation’s Santa Barbara Chapter, the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against proposed beach fees. In order to raise money to maintain and operate park and beach amenities (restrooms, parking lots) the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors considered parking fees at County Beach Parks. The proposal considered a flat daily rate or a tiered system, wherein parking fees would be paid hourly for day use beach parking fees at seven County beaches: Rincon Beach, Loon Point, Lookout Park, Arroyo Burro Beach, Goleta Beach, Ocean Beach and Guadalupe Dunes Park. The Santa Barbara Chapter generated public opposition to beach fees and campaigned to keep beaches open and free for all to enjoy. The SB Chapter campaigned aggressively to build a strong voice in opposition to the proposed fees.