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May 22, 2014 8:43 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

The Land Conservancy raising money to preserve Pismo Beach land

Nearly 900 acres of land in Pismo Beach could be turned into a recreation area where the public could hike, walk, and horseback ride. The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County wants to preserve the land, but first they need to raise the funds.

The Land Conservancy needs to raise $12 million to purchase the land. The organization was promised $1.1 million by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

"We are seeing, continuously, people step up," said Wende David, Director of Development, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. "Actually, a number of local businesses in Pismo Beach are either hosting fundraising events or doing community match challenges, so I see that progressing really well."

David says she is fairly certain the purchase of the land will go through. The Land Conservancy has until August to give the current land owners, Pismo Beach Coast View LLC, the $12 million.

"If we're not able to do this deal for conservation, there's a great possibility that it's going to be developed and there's almost assurances that it will not be open to the public," said David.

The Land Conservancy asked the Regional Water Quality Control Board for $800,000 on Thursday. The board will address the request at it's next meeting.

David says the group also plans to ask the California Coastal Conservancy for $4 million next Thursday.

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