Santa Barbara County Chapter
A short history of SB chapter activism:
- Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 and the Santa Barbara Chapter was started in 1990 by Bob Keats, Keith Zandona and others.
- They successfully opposed the Isla Vista Seawall.
- They successfully opposed the development of a 269-foot-long rock revetment at Campus Point, although the pump house expansion was approved.
- They successfully appealed the Goleta Beach rock revetment emergency placement in 1999 and it was ordered removed, however, 2 years later the county again claimed an emergency and re-installed the rocks which are currently permitted under an emergency permit pending the DEIR. They continue to oppose this hardscaping approach to protecting the park in favor of a more natural approach will BOTH save the park AND protect the beach. UPDATE: See this victory at Goleta Beach and this website.
- They successfully opposed the construction of a golf course at the former ARCO site on the Gaviota Coast and they are in negotiations with the current owners, the Makar Development Corporation to preserve the site in perpetuity.
- They have been members of the Naples Coalition for several years. In that capacity they are working to reduce, restrict or eliminate the massive development planed at Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos ranches on the Gaviota Coast. For the latest on this, see the Save Gaviota blog.
- They were the first group to do "storm drain stenciling" in Santa Barbara. This involves stenciling storm drains with something that says "Don't Dump Drains to Ocean". For years the chapter did this with paint supplied by the city of SB until finally the city took on the responsibility itself.
- They donated $1000 to the Carpinteria bluffs, $1000 dollars to the Arroyo Honda preservation effort, and $1000 "Save Ellwood". They also helped spread the word about all of those projects.
- They have submitted written testimony or letters of support on virtually every ocean water quality or coastal development or access issue that has come before any local agency. Examples; They supported Heal the Ocean's Rincon sewer project with letters to The Carpinteria Sanitary District, letter of support to Supervisor Firestone regarding the Arroyo Honda Steelhead recovery program, letter of support for increased funding of the county's Storm Water management Program, etc.
Check out the Santa Barbara County Chapter blog at http://savegaviota.blogspot.com/
You can contact the Santa Barbara County Chapter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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