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The proposed deal on public access to Hollister Ranch is sorely lacking

The proposed deal on public access to Hollister Ranch is sorely lacking
Undated image of Hollister Ranch, 14,500 acres of hilly grassland, coastal sage scrub and secluded beaches. (Hollister Ranch Owners Assn.)

To the editor: The proposed settlement between Hollister Ranch and the state of California is a travesty. What good is beach access if there is no way to get there?

Limited access would amount to three-fourths of a mile of beach out of a total of 18. Gaviota State Park is two miles west of the beach at Cuarto Canyon. That is a long paddle.

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In 1982, the offer of public access was written to satisfy the California Coastal Commission as it permitted the development of a YMCA camp on the property. The Hollister Ranch Owners Assn. (HROA) purchased the property in 1983. Despite the purchase, the court stated that the public-access offer remained. No one wants to see Hollister Ranch or its beaches overrun, but this deal stinks to high heaven.

Nathan Post, Santa Barbara

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