Big Sur Information

•March 4, 2017 • 86 Comments

Header Photo, #FergussonFire, 6/15/17 by Brandi Plaskett

IMPORTANT, READ THIS FIRST!!

THERE IS NO DETOUR ON THE COAST. #HIGHWAY ONE CLOSED FROM SALMON CREEK TO GORDA TO ALL VISITORS. ALL THOSE CAUGHT WITHIN THE CLOSURE WHO CANNOT PROVE RESIDENCY ARE GETTING TICKETS, IF YOU COULD GET PAST THE GATE GUARDS.

#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. ONE HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH INJURIES THUS FAR.

AND NO CAMPING ALLOWED ON HIGHWAY ONE AND NO CAMPFIRES ANYWHERE.

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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.

#PAUL’S SLIDE – OPEN WITH 24/7 FLAGGING

#PEIFFER BRIDGE STILL ON SCHEDULE TO OPEN IN MID TO LATE SEPTEMBER.

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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.)

Library Hours & Seed Swap Program

•August 17, 2017 • 1 Comment

New hours at the Big Sur Library!

Starting September 2nd 2017, the hours will be changing on Fridays and Saturdays only from 11-4 to NOW 10-3. Hours will remain the same on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Also, schedule changes regarding meetings and clubs will have to be updated accordingly, and those affected will be notified.
As always, please do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns. J
Sincerely,

Julia Mazerik

Big Sur Library Branch Manager
Monterey County Free Libraries
Hwy 1 at Ripplewood Resort
831 667-2537

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Mud Creek Photos, 8/15/17

•August 15, 2017 • 3 Comments

These were taken yesterday, 8/14/17, by Rock Knocker, who was escorted to the work area by Wayne Walker, the project manager. First, let me put to rest all the recent rumors people have been asking me about. No, Mud Creek is NOT going to open at the same time as the bridge, and NO, it is not going to open to locals only anytime soon. As has been said numerous times before, the timeline for the completion of this project is expected to be released by month’s end. Evaluation and prep work are still being done as of now.

First off, here is a recent aerial view to provide some perspective as to what one is seeing in the closer, on-the-ground photos:

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Here are 15 of the ones Rock Knocker took yesterday, then I have added two historical ones.

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That is the rock sea wall being built. It will come north to that “mound” just behind the pompas grass.

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On can see the containers up on the left which are going to be used as a retaining wall.

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Hauling in and moving rock

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This first one is from 1995:

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And this one is from 1994. I am told I already published this one, but worth repeating.

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Sunday Photos, 8/13/17

•August 13, 2017 • 6 Comments

From Marcus Foster:

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Saturday Morning in the ‘Hood

•August 12, 2017 • 17 Comments

First off,  let me thank and congratulate the USFS and the MCSO. There were NO campers late Saturday morning in ANY turnout on Nacimiento Road. We saw only this one tent, well off the road, and the corresponding car in a small dirt turn out. Rock Knocker thinks it was within the 300 ft. Limit, but I’m not so sure.

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Before we got to this point, there was a truck pulling a travel trailer that stopped in the middle of Nacimiento Rd. Just befor the Ranger Station on the east side of Nacimiento. He was fixing his chain, his lights, his trailer brakes or something. To his credit, he did stop by a turn out that allowed others to get by –  barely on his read end, but all but large trucks could get by.

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And then, up Plaskett – a large group camping at Turkey Flats who were putting out a campfire at 11:50 am. We stopped and told them of the $5000 fine, and they laughed and continued drinking their beer. Note the shovel in the guy’s hands.

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And the open beer cans on the log

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And the case of beer for later

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Rock Knocker got photos of all the license plate numbers, since they were on his side.

I called PV Station and sent emails to my USFS neighbors. They will be having  another campfire tonight unless they are stopped and cited, which I am hoping they will be.

Nacimiento Camping Prohibition goes into effect today.

•August 11, 2017 • 1 Comment

Los Padres Prohibits Camping Along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road

GOLETA, Calif., August 11, 2017– Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that dispersed camping along the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (Forest Road No. 22S01) on the Monterey Ranger District is prohibited under a new Forest Order. This prohibition is effective immediately, and will be strictly enforced due to public health and safety concerns.
This Forest Order will remain in effect through August 10, 2018, and violations of the Order are punishable by a fine of $5,000 and/or six months in jail.
The recent closures on State Highway 1 due to storm-related slides, along with the failure of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, have led to concentrated public camping use along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. The volume of dispersed, roadside camping along the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road has significantly increased to the point where the public are placing tents and recreational vehicles in pull-outs designed for vehicles to allow oncoming traffic to safely pass. Visitors will often use their vehicles to protect their sites at night, which partially obstructs the roadway, causing traffic and camping conflicts and related public safety concerns.
The Forest Order extends along the right-of-way of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road from State Highway 1 west to mile post 10.3. Dispersed camping is prohibited within a 300-foot buffer that extends from the road’s center line.
Visitors are reminded that Los Padres is currently in Level III fire restrictions, under which recreational target shooting and dispersed campfires outside of established campgrounds are not permitted.
For more information, please contact the Monterey District Office at (831) 385-5434.

Camping on Nacimiento now prohibited, 8/10/17

•August 10, 2017 • 7 Comments

Here is the signed order and here is the map.

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BSMAAC Minutes of 5/12/17

•August 9, 2017 • 4 Comments

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