H-GUADALUPE

Feb 22, 2012 10:10 PM by Nikki Ibarra

Road leading to Guadalupe Dunes now open

If you want to take advantage of the nice beach weather, the road to the Guadalupe Dunes is finally open again.

The road collapsed last March because of heavy flooding. Visitors had to walk a mile to get to the dunes.

People who live in Guadalupe and beachgoers gathered on Clarence Minetti Memorial Road Wednesday morning to celebrate the re-opening.

"I grew up coming here and in those days, we could use our vehicles on the beach itself. We used to go to Mussel Rock. We used to have barbecues. My son grew up at the beach here," said longtime Guadalupe resident, John Sabedra.

According to the city, around 100,000 people a year typically visit the dunes, but that changed after the flood damage limited access for almost a year.

"They've been asking me when are we going to be able to drive. When they catch their fish, they have to walk back with it so it's great for the community," said Ginni Ponce of Guadalupe.

Mayor Lupe Alvarez said the closing of these dunes changed many things, including tourism. "Our restaurants benefit. Our gas stations benefit. Our hardware store benefits. They sell fishing posts, and fishing licenses so it really affects everybody," said Mayor Alvarez.

Mayor Alvarez said the city spent a little over $350,000 to repair the road; but he said it was worth it because the closed roadway affected many people. "There's a lot of people in this bad economy that are fishing for a living, and that's their dinner; the food on the table," added Mayor Alvarez.

Now the mayor looks forward to seeing Guadalupe come back to what it was before the flood.

The park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 am to 5 pm.

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