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Morro Bay collaborating with multiple agencies to regain ownership of its dog beach

The city expects the transfer of ownership to happen within a year
Posted at 7:10 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 08:09:22-05

The City of Morro Bay says its been working with local agencies to preserve its dog beach.

The beach is located between Morro Bay and Cayucos off of Highway 1.

According to the city, they've been working with Chevron, the Cayucos Sanitary District, Trust for Public Lands, the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo, Chevron, and San Luis Obispo County for five years to come to an agreement.

"The Cauycos communication service district wants to use it for their wastewater project. We want to use it to maintain our dog beach and the county wants to use portions of it so there could be bike and pedestrian paths between the communities," said Scott Collins, the city's manager.

As of now, Trust for Public Lands will soon purchase the property which currently belongs to Cayucos Sanitary District and then donate it back to the city of Morro Bay.

Phase two and three of the project are aimed at using some of the open space to give residents and visitors of Morro Bay more hiking trails and bike paths.

"Generally we just want to preserve that beautiful landscape as it is, forever," added Collins.

Agencies working to raise the funds will have to raise about four million dollars in total.

"The fact that it can now come into public ownership for public enjoyment, it almost brings tears to my eyes" said Robert Davis, a city council member, of the impact re-gaining ownership of the the dog beach would have on the community.