Ocean park

Beginning of annual beach restrictions at Surf Beach, Ocean Park

Beach restrictions will again be put in place at Surf Beach and Ocean Park starting next week.

Restrictions on the ownership of Space Force Base Vandenberg occur annually as part of an ongoing effort to protect the Western Snowy Plover and its nesting habitat.

Restrictions on all Vandenberg beaches are required March 1 through September 30 under the Endangered Species Act for plovers.

“During rainstorm season, the general public can still access much of Surf Beach, but should be careful to avoid designated restricted areas,” Col. Rob Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander, said in a statement. hurry. “Our goal is to maximize beach access for the local community, while respecting environmental requirements and safety measures. If everyone does their part, I believe we can protect the snowy plover while enjoying our beautiful coastline. »

People who enter restricted areas could be fined up to $5,000 and anyone found in violation of the Endangered Species Act, which includes crushing eggs or chicks , could be subject to a fine of up to $50,000 and up to one year in prison.

“Violations will be counted, but Vandenberg is committed to keeping sections of Surf Beach open for the public to enjoy,” said 30 Civil Engineer Squadron biologist Rhys Evans. “A trail is available for everyone between Surf Beach and Ocean Park behind the restricted nesting area. Dogs on a leash can be taken on this trail when entering from Ocean Park, but are not permitted in the open section of Surf Beach during the plover nesting season.”

Dogs, horses and kites are not permitted on the beach during nesting season.