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Public invited to meeting Tuesday about safety improvements at Cave Landing

Posted at 8:53 AM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 11:53:38-05

Community input is wanted once again on a conceptual plan to make the Cave Landing parking area near Avila Beach safer.

The area is an access point for many trails, including one down to Pirate’s Cove. It’s also a place some go to get a view of the night sky or the coast, but it’s not in the best shape and safety concerns are growing.

There are many potholes and in the summer months or on certain holidays, the area can become extremely congested, leading to a response from the sheriff’s office.

Other issues at the secluded area include night time parties, public drunkenness, graffiti, drug use and petty theft, along with numerous injuries and medical responses.

The County adds that volunteers are unable to keep up with the amount of trash that piles up in the area.

The site also contains sensitive archaeological resources and is a Native American sacred site.

“We continue to hear that the public wants to protect this beautiful area and supports adding it to the County Park System as a Natural Area,” said County Parks Director Nick Franco in a press release. “We need to hear from the public if we are on the right track so we can most effectively proceed with a low scale project that will help protect Cave Landing.”

The public workshop takes place Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the PG&E Community Education Center located at 6588 Ontario Rd. in San Luis Obispo.

The public will have the opportunity to voice their thoughts on the ability of the design to help implement potential solutions.

This isn’t the first meeting on this topic. The County says input gathered at a public workshop last year will be incorporated into the conceptual plan.