The last thing that should be on our beaches is motorized vehicles. Nothing creates more instant fear and anger than being on our beautiful coast line with your small children and/or that special someone and having some big ass jacked up truck with tractor tires on it, come screeching down the water’s edge, chuffing black diesel smoke, sounding like a passing jet, and headed right for you!
ALL MOTORIZED VEHICLES off the beach now! Supervisors are you listening?
From TS 8-9-14
An open letter to Supervisor Ryan Sundberg
Dear Mr. Sundberg: Do you really favor re-opening the entrance at Clam Beach to motorized vehicles?
Clam Beach is safe and pleasant for families, small children, dogs, and horses. It is a good place to have a picnic, go beachcombing or simply get away from things.
Clam Beach was not always like this. Prior to 2010, it was open to motorized vehicles. Big noisy trucks would tear down the beach, making it unsafe and unpleasant for everybody except for those few drivers getting their jollies.
Clam Beach adjoins Little River State Beach. No barriers separate the two parks. The endangered snowy plover nests on Little River State Beach. The State Parks Department spent large sums of money improving the habitat for the snowy plover. All this taxpayer-funded effort will be wasted if the beach is open to motorized vehicles, which drive over plover nests.
You say that clam-mers need access to the beach. They already have it. Drivers can park in the day-use parking lot at the north end of Clam Beach, and walk down a short trail to the beach. Anybody who is physically fit enough to dig clams out of the beach is capable of making this short walk. They do not need vehicle access.
Please keep the entire public in mind, and not just a few offroaders.
—Elaine Weinreb, Westhaven