Jul 6, 2012 6:02 PM by Farrah Shuaib
Starting Monday,July 9th,the Guadalupe Dune Beach will be open seven days a week.
The push to have the beach open two more days was done to make the beach more accessible for the people in surrounding areas.
"There are a number of locals who want to come out here every day, and do come out here," said Melissa Kelly, Ranger and Assistant Naturalist for Santa Barbara County Parks.
According to Kelly, because of the additional hours, the city had to approve adding $20,000 to the budget to hire two new rangers.
Mayor Lupe Alvarez of Guadalupe supports the extra days because he hopes locals will approve changing the name of the city to "Guadalupe Beach" when the proposal comes on the ballot in November.
"We actually get a lot of foreign visitors," said Kelly, "people from Los Angles, San Francisco, Arroyo Grande, Pismo, and Oceano."
Many find Guadalupe Beach appealing because it's a popular place to go fishing, surfing, or having a picnic. Unlike other beaches nearby, motor vehicles are not permitted on the beach and neither are pets. As a result, the dunes stay in their natural formation.
In addition to Guadalupe being famous for its natural look and peaceful atmosphere, tourists also visit the dunes to look for the set from the 1923 movie The Ten Commandments, which is said to have been buried right there in the sand.
Currently the beach is open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., but the time are subject to change by the Ranger.
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