However, providing access to the local beaches for“elders and less able” is now the thing. Well….what is access? Lifted big block trucks tearing down the beach? Whether or not they can sway the argument in this direction, the fact is they want to make sure that locals who love “off roading” can tear up our beaches in style, and do it legally. Making beaches accessible to vehicles, thereby endangering those walking on the beach, creates an “undue hardship”. We won’t try to explain in depth all the legal jargon, but here is some information about “reasonable accommodation” provided in the ADA:
Lotta words in the law. But, what it comes down to is this…..there is no lift up to the peak of Mount Lassen. Nowhere on the coast, are there government provided ladders on the side of underwater cliffs for people to have easy access to abalone. Many parks and public areas are inaccessible to all but the most fit among us. Why? Because it isn’t reasonable and it creates an undue hardship on the government, the public, and the environment. These areas have been set aside so that we can leave them pretty intact.
Uri also wrote,“This is public land that has a legal mandate to provide for vehicle access.” We scoured every available resource to find his source for this mandate. We didn’t find it. So, to quote Not a Native, “There is no legislative mandate for motorized vehicles on any beach. Show me the statute or shut up.”
So Uri, shut up!