San Luis Obispo County

SLO County Board of Supervisors discuss future of Pirate's Cove

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AVILA BEACH, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors believe the next step to improving Pirates Cove is to manage it as a natural area.

On Tuesday they instructed County Parks Director Nick Franco to come back with a plan that would help the county reach its goal.

Currently, Pirate's Cove is county property but it's not managed as a park.

For long-time Pirate's Cove visitor Johnny Ferreira, he says he'd like to see the least amount of change as possible.

"Hopefully people will be able to maintain themselves where they won't have too many rules where you're policed all the time," he explained. 

"So really the direction I got [Tuesday] was let's meet with the stakeholders, the people who are out there who are really concerned about it, the people who use it, [and] see if we can work up some agreement that we can all agree and bring that forward as a coastal development permitted project," Franco said. 

Ferreira hopes those so-called stakeholders will take more responsibility to keep the cove clean, telling us: "If people know that someone else is gonna pick up the trash, they'll tend to leave more trash."

Now some of the options discussed as minor improvements included adding cameras and possibly a gate to forbid night time parking but the board won't decide anything until later next year.

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