Concrete barriers placed in Avila Beach to restrict parking

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Posted at 6:29 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 00:54:28-04

Concrete barriers have been placed along a portion of Avila Beach's Front Street to more permanently restrict parking for the time being.

While the installation is part of a county project, the Port San Luis Harbor District says the change was made because other barricades and signage that were previously in place were being removed overnight and placed on the sidewalk to allow cars to park there.

While parking restrictions remain in place, other restrictions at Avila Beach have loosened over the past few weeks.

After announcing in Mid-April that towels, chairs and blankets would not be allowed on the sand at Avila, Fisherman's and Old Port beaches, Harbor District officials say enforcement was causing lifeguards to have too much contact with visitors.

Now, officials say some of those items are allowed as long as social distancing is being practiced and people are not gathering in large crowds. Barbecues are also not allowed at the beach.

The change was made so that the restrictions are similar to those in place at other area beaches, officials say.