Arroyo Grande, CA asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for California

Q: how do I make the santa barbra county comply with the public access provision of the costal.

the Guadalupe dunes beach has been closed all of 2017. It is closed for unsafe conditions. this condition in my opinion is caused by lack of maintenance of the access and neglect by county roads, county parks, and county flood control. in two and a half months nothing has been done to expedite the reopening of that beach.

1 Lawyer Answer

Louis George Fazzi

Answered
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Jess Ranch, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The best advice I can give you is to do a Google search for lawyers with experience regarding public access to California's beaches. I am sure you will find several right in your local area. You can also contact your local county bar association client referral program (e.g. Santa Barbara County Bar Association http://sblaw.org/sbcba-lawyer-referral-service/) and ask for a referral to a law firm with expertise in this precise issue. There is a short video which explains what services they can provide.

The government printing office (GPO) publishes a citizens guide to the coastal act which you can access here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CZIC-ht393-c2-h64-1977/html/CZIC-ht393-c2-h64-1977.htm

Once you have located a competent law firm ( and to be careful to avoid contacting any law firm which may actively represent Santa Barbara County), call them and make an appointment to discuss your particular issues and see what kind of help they may be able to offer.

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