Big Sur Information

•March 4, 2017 • 95 Comments

Header Photo, Dan Danbom. He sent me a number of really great ones to choose from. I’ll feature all of them, eventually! It was hard to choose.

IMPORTANT, READ THIS FIRST!!

THERE IS NO DETOUR ON THE COAST. #HIGHWAY ONE CLOSED FROM SALMON CREEK TO GORDA TO ALL – VISITORS AND LOCALS ALIKE.

#NACIMIENTO ROAD IS EXTREMELY NARROW (ONLY 1 AND 1/2 LANES IN MANY SPOTS), NO GUARD RAILS, NO SERVICES, NO CELL RECEPTION, AND EXTREMELY  DANGEROUS, GIVEN THE HORRIFIC TRAFFIC, MUCH OF WHICH IS DRIVING TOO FAST AND IN THE CENTER OF THE ROAD.

NO CAMPING ALLOWED ON NACIMIENTO-FERGUSSON FROM THE LITTLE BRIDGE ON THE EAST SIDE (MM 10.5) TO HIGHWAY ONE. FINE IS $5000 AND/OR 6 MONTHS IN JAIL.

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#MUD CREEK – AS OF 5/4/17 MUD CREEK COMPLETELY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS TO ALL BUT BOATS AND HELICOPTERS. The big slide began on 5/19 and continued all that weekend. NEW EXPECTED OPENING – MID SEPTEMBER, 2018

#PAUL’S SLIDE – OPEN WITH ONE WAY TRAFFIC SIGNAL

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New page of Interactive Highway Map with Mile Markers and slide names is to the right, under “Pages” first one *Big Sur Interactive Maps… if the following link doesn’t work. *Big Sur Interactive Slide Maps will answer any questions you may have about where something is in relation to something else.

MY DIRECT EMAIL IS: kwnovoa@mac.com

(Size for any header photos you may wish to submit it is 760×151 pixels.)

NB Highway One backed up 20 miles

•May 27, 2018 • 7 Comments
incident:  00352   Type:    Road/Weather Conditions   Location:   Sr1 / Rio Rd  Loc Desc:  NB 1 AT RIO RD    Lat/Lon:  36.539340 -121.910241   
Detail Information
6:43 PM 3 [5] 27-14 IS SR1/ROCKY CREEK BRIDGE
6:40 PM 2 [2] DUE TO TRAFFIC LIGHT
6:40 PM 1 [1] TRAFFIC BACKED UP 20 MILES

 

Photo Sunday…

•May 27, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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Public Hearing on Highway One Project?

•May 26, 2018 • Leave a Comment

If you want Cal Trans to have a public hearing on a project about a mile and a half north of Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd., called the Culvert Replacement Project near Limekiln Creek, we will have to request it. Send your request to matt.c.fowler@dot.ca.gov. You can request a copy of the project’s initial study and mitigated negative declaration from the same person. (Note: I saw this notice in the Pine Cone and asked the PIO about it, and she said she was sending it out the next day to the usual suspects.)

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CPOA letter re 2018-2019 County budget & visitor impacts on Big Sur

•May 25, 2018 • 1 Comment

Hello Everyone,

The following letter was sent to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors among others concerning the need to address the growing impacts, from ever increasing visitation, to the environment, resources and community of Big Sur.

You may download a PDF version of the letter HERE (PDF, 2 pages, 103KB).

Monterey County Board of Supervisors
Government Center
168 W. Alisal St.
Salinas, CA 93901

Subject: Urgent need to address Big Sur visitor impacts in 2018-2019 Budget

Dear Chair Alejo and Honorable Supervisors,

The Board of Directors of the Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) respectfully and urgently asks that your Board adopt a Monterey County budget for 2018-2019 which includes funding sufficient to address the growing public health and safety issues caused by an unprecedented increase in the number of visitors to Big Sur.

Visitors arrive in Big Sur and are met with traffic jams that can trap them for hours, trash, toilet paper and human waste lining the roads and turnouts, automobile break ins, theft and vandalism, and in general completely inadequate facilities and services to address the obvious needs of the traveling public. In previous letters to the Board, CPOA has described these issues at great length. We will not repeat all of the disturbing impacts in detail here. Please be assured that conditions have not improved noticeably to date.

We recognize and appreciate the efforts of Supervisor Adams and her staff to work with stakeholders to address these issues and we are prepared to continue work with the County and other agencies to find and implement solutions.

We are, however, in the unfortunate situation of again reminding the Board that existing facilities and services – many provided by resident volunteers – are dangerously overwhelmed throughout Big Sur and the South Coast, and the summer visitor season is just starting. Unless you take immediate action, everyone’s safety, quality of life, the natural environment, and the world-class visitor experience that helps support Monterey County’s economy will continue to degrade rapidly.  Nobody wants this.

Specifically, the CPOA board is requesting that funding be provided to ensure adequate law enforcement and emergency response including ambulance coverage. As the number of visitors increases to more than fill the capacity of roadways, turnouts, parking areas and public facilities there is a corresponding increase in the number of accidents and road hazards. Emergency response times increase as well since already stretched law enforcement and first responders are hampered by traffic conditions and cannot timely reach incident sites. Even a small delay can turn one minor incident into several more severe accidents before help can arrive and should an incident spark a wildfire the situation becomes even more dire. More Sheriff officers on duty are desperately needed, especially during heavy visitor use periods that can be expected during this upcoming summer and fall, and providing timely emergency medical response and ambulance is equally vital.

Additionally, we are asking for immediate funding to regularly clean up human waste and trash currently lining the roadsides including at some of our most important viewing areas. At a minimum, please provide funding for the installation and maintenance of temporary toilets. These temporary facilities to remain in place until such time permanent facilities are operational.

If enough properly serviced toilets are not possible (we note that the Big Sur International Marathon provided over 500 portable toilets for that event alone), we ask that the County provide hazardous waste cleanup crews who can regularly remove human waste and trash from roadsides including in turnouts and private driveway access points and dispose of it safely. Our visitors come from all over the world, and we believe that preventing residents, visitors and our natural environment from contacting or spreading pathogens transmitted in human waste is critical.

As we have stated in the past, we believe that while funding is very short, existing funds can be used to address these critical needs. One option is to use a portion of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funds generated by overnight stays in Big Sur and elsewhere by overnight visitors many of whom visit Big Sur during their stay.

As the County budget document points out on Page 600, the precise purpose of TOT is to“offset the jurisdiction’s general fund expenses for public safety, street cleaning, street maintenance, etc. that are, to a limited degree, consumed and utilized by visitors and transient occupants. This is exactly what we are asking to be done this year. Specifically, we suggest that the county reallocate a portion of the Development Set-Aside (DSA) Program funds. We believe this is a key step in creating a responsible, sustainable visitor economy, and that it is vital to make this investment now so our efforts to attract visitors are not undermined by our failure to address their needs. We estimate that 20% of TOT collected from Big Sur be brought back to Big Sur to address these issues.

We recognize that the County is only one of many governmental entities that have responsibility for the Big Sur area, but the County’s role is central to all the others.  We hope the County will continue to take the lead working with everyone involved so that the immediate actions outlined here can lead to a meaningful, long term solution. We at CPOA remain committed to working closely with the County to deal with these issues now and in the future.

Sincerely,

Butch Kronlund, President, Coast Property Owners Associatio

2017 MCCVB Travel Economic Impact report

•May 25, 2018 • 8 Comments

 

 

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Better, cleaner graphic by Brendon Shave:

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Fire Mitigation Coordinator for MoCo

•May 24, 2018 • 2 Comments

Following is a request from the Wildfire Coalition.  Monterey County will be finalizing their 2018-19 budget in the coming two weeks.  Time is of the essence and it would be greatly appreciated if you can respond to this request at your earliest convenience.

In 2010, the Monterey County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (MCCWPP) was signed by CAL-FIRE, Monterey County Board of Supervisors, Monterey County Fire Chief’s Association, the Fire Safe Council for Monterey County, the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks, and all of the fire districts, departments and brigades in Monterey County..  The establishment of a non-agency, non-regulatory wildfire mitigation coordinator to facilitate the implementation of the MCCWPP was recommended at that time.

In 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding In Support of Monterey County Fire Warden Office (MOU) was executed by the chair of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, CAL-FIRE and all of the fire districts, agencies, and brigades in Monterey County.  The MOU expressly supported a wildfire mitigation position to coordinate and undertake responsibilities for fuel mitigation activities in Monterey County.  The position is intended to implement the MCCWPP by facilitating grants, environmental compliance, and wildfire hazard mitigation project activities to protect areas in the wildland urban interface and by coordinating adaptive management planning for forest health and community wildfire resiliency.  The position has yet to be filled due to budgetary and other constraints.

Nonetheless, the conversations about the need for this position has not stopped.  A common theme that continues to emerge time and time again is the need for a wildfire mitigation coordinator to give guidance, support and assistance to landowners and the network of organizations (e.g., Fire Safe Council for Monterey County, FireScape Monterey, Wildfire Coalition, Carmel River Watershed Conservancy, etc.) that have formed over time to prepare for and mitigate the risk of wildfires.

For the next fiscal year (2018-2019), Monterey County Resource Management Agency (RMA) has submitted a budget augmentation request to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to retain this essential wildfire mitigation coordinator.

We ask you to submit a letter to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, supporting RMA’s budget augmentation request to fund the wildfire mitigation coordinator position.  This position is essential to enhancing Monterey County’s preparedness for wildland fire.

Each Supervisor has their own direct contact information which can be found at http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/board-of-supervisors.  It’s important to know that emails, letters and faxes sent to individual board members are not distributed to other board offices so please copy your email to all Supervisors on the Board.

Strategic Community Firebreak, Monterey District

•May 24, 2018 • 11 Comments

In a separate post, I will be posting a request by CPOA regarding funding a Fire Mitigation Position for Monterey County. That post will go live this afternoon.

The Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) is pleased to announce the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement project on the Monterey Ranger District. The FEIS and draft ROD are available for review at the Monterey Ranger District office, 406 South Mildred Ave, King City, CA 93903, and at the Supervisor’s Office, 6750 Navigator Way, Suite 150, Goleta, CA 93117. Beginning on May 22, 2018 it can also be viewed on-line at the following internet address: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40713. More information is included in the attached letter.

  • Notification+Letter+-+SCFIP+FEIS.pdf

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