PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - RECREATION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Access to nature gives people respect for nature. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Have wooden stiles (step-over) stiles for access over fences. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Focus public safety at access points. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Stiles are good for public access (wood.) 3/8/2006 Recreation Access DPR needs to recognize uniqueness of Arroyo Laguna as wind-surfing spot & Vista Point 4 (north of elephant seals.) 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Keep fences up as a deterrent to increasing use. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Keep it the way it is. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Minimal access from highway. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Leave it as "hopping the fence" until planning is complete. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Breaks in fence for access for people who can't climb fences. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Tourists see people at Arroyo Laguna and add to problem. Suggest limited access during elephant seal season. Locals aren't the problem. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access San Simeon Point - New rule seems restrictive. Current use is still allowed. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access More access points equals more traffic. Keep the fences up. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Minimum access to property until coastal trail is developed. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Vista Point 4 (paved parking area) - remove gate or allow easier access than climbing the gate. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Need access to beaches for families. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Access to Arroyo Laguna is year round for all recreational uses. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Minimal access along Highway 1. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Create some sort of break in the fence. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Fences keep outsiders out - but do want people to come in - Elephant seals parking area. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Access at intervals at main parking areas. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Stiles work well at fences - made out of wood. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access No closures but should not have a lot of invitational spots. Maintain current access. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access More access to San Simeon Point. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access State Parks will educate the public to access and easement to San Simeon Point and others along the coast. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Limit access from the highway through education. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Let outsiders have some access. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Family access to the beach. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Year round access to Arroyo Laguna at beach and ocean. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Arroyo Laguna - good example of a model for recreation and resource protection to access water. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Important for families to recreate - beach access as well as water access. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Year round access for all activities. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Visitors mimic locals hopping the fence. Masses during the crowded time of elephant seals on beaches. Visitors not as educated as locals. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - RECREATION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Recreation Access It is a shame that more people cannot access San Simeon Point. Wants access to continue. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Plans to limit access at Hearst-owned property. If denied, then easement rights would be enforced by State. 3/8/2006 Recreation Access Access points will invite more traffic. Fences now are a deterrent. Not a big open area for access. Happy with the way it is now. 5/10/2006 Recreation Access Keep Arroyo Laguna open year round for water recreation activities and beach use. 5/10/2006 Recreation Access Keep beach immediately north of elephant seal viewing area open so water recreation activities can continue as they have for the past 20 years. 3/8/2006 Recreation Accessibility ADA under consideration? Where will ADA access be located and how much? Possibly at Piedras Blancas Motel? Logically should be where there are wide spots on Highway, and 4/11/2006 Recreation Accessibility good scenic spots. Will require paving and boardwalks, etc. 3/8/2006 Recreation Bicycles Bicycles scare (disturb) wildlife. 3/8/2006 Recreation Bicycles No bicycles on bluff trails. 3/8/2006 Recreation Bicycles Bicycles on bluffs scare the elephant seals and should not be allowed. 3/8/2006 Recreation Bicycles Bicycles should be allowed on bluffs. 4/11/2006 Recreation Camping Will there be any camping? 4/11/2006 Recreation Cell Phones Keep Arroyo Laguna a "cell phone free area" to enjoy nature and the area. 4/11/2006 Recreation Cell Phones Enjoy nature without cell phones; be allowed to "contemplate nature." 4/11/2006 Recreation Cell Phones If there are cell phones, should be of a subtle nature. 3/8/2006 Recreation Dogs Allow dogs at Arroyo Laguna. 3/8/2006 Recreation Dogs I like to play on the beach with my dog. 4/11/2006 Recreation Dogs If no dogs are allowed, put up signs. Do not ticket first. 3/8/2006 Recreation Elephant Seals Sign at elephant seal site that recognizes recreation & elephant seal viewing is good model (Vista Point 4.) 3/8/2006 Recreation Elephant Seals Likes Arroyo Laguna public education approach. Balance human use & elephant seals - up and down property. 3/8/2006 Recreation Elephant Seals Balance between recreation and elephant seals. 3/8/2006 Recreation Elephant Seals Share the beach with the elephant seals. 3/8/2006 Recreation Elephant Seals Locals need to be educated on elephant seals. 3/8/2006 Recreation Elephant Seals Do not disturb the elephant seals (Fish & Game.) Can allow recreation if there is enough of a clearing - depends on the time of the year. 3/8/2006 Recreation Elephant Seals What is history of habitat for elephant seals? Channel Islands and not the coast. 3/8/2006 Recreation Elephant Seals Don't scare the wildlife. 3/8/2006 Recreation Planning Leave it alone until further along. 3/8/2006 Recreation Planning The less you do the better off - Less is more. 3/8/2006 Recreation Safety Public safety should be available at access points. 3/8/2006 Recreation Safety Must have public safety with recreation. 3/8/2006 Recreation Signage North end of elephant seal parking lot - signage explaining that recreation predated the elephant seals. 3/8/2006 Recreation Signage Signage on beaches about elephant seals. Elephant seals are threatened by anything taller than them. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - RECREATION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Recreation Signage There is a change with elephant seals but not sure why. There are more humans. Signs are biggest issue. 3/8/2006 Recreation Signage Signs redirecting people from Arroyo Laguna should be re-installed. 3/8/2006 Recreation Signage Use signs to direct the public away from the elephant seals. 3/8/2006 Recreation Trails Coastal trail should be coastal. 3/8/2006 Recreation Trails Two parallel trails that allow different uses on each trail. 3/8/2006 Recreation Trails Trails for walking and biking. 3/8/2006 Recreation Trails Trails not necessarily multi-use. 3/8/2006 Recreation Trails "Braided trail" concept. 3/8/2006 Recreation Trails Keep Coastal Trail coastal - and not on Highway 1. 4/11/2006 Recreation Trails Keep Coastal Trail away from Highway and make it low impact (footpath scale). Possibly a braided trail. Preserve the view shed. Public use of trail by horses/carriage (not commercial.) Over abandoned section of Highway One. Need hard pack surface 50 inches wide minimum, flat, 5/10/2006 Recreation Trails on camber, with passing area. Also need a staging area for loading (as at Pier Avenue in Oceano by Finn's Restaurant.) 3/8/2006 Recreation Wind Surfing Wind surfing must have a place in the recreation needs on the coast. 3/8/2006 Recreation Wind Surfing Arroyo Laguna with its south-facing beaches by Lighthouse is unique. Very few similar places. Next closest are Mexico or Oregon. 5/10/2006 Recreation Wind Surfing Have access to beaches guaranteed for windsurfers and surfers. 5/10/2006 Recreation Wind Surfing Have access to beaches at Twin Creeks Beach for windsurfers guaranteed. 5/10/2006 Recreation Wind Surfing Have access to water guaranteed even when elephant seals are present and not be harassed at both Twin Creeks and Arroyo Laguna. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - FACILITIES Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Facilities Access Elephant seal viewing area should be accessible for boats & windsurfers (area just north of parking lot) during all seasons of year. Scale of access. Need large parking area for elephant seal viewing, but also more secluded areas for sketching, etc.; also areas with no access for 3/8/2006 Facilities Access researchers. 3/8/2006 Facilities Access Open access to beach where elephant seals are present - no restrictions. 3/8/2006 Facilities Access Need access to existing surf spots. 3/8/2006 Facilities Accessibility ADA issues for compliance for the access areas. 3/8/2006 Facilities Accessibility Inclusion of all abilities. 3/8/2006 Facilities Advertisements Don't advertise. There are enough people. Tribune article encouraged people to fence-hop to this "great destination." Watch language on how talk about place - focus people on certain areas of 3/8/2006 Facilities Advertisements property. 3/8/2006 Facilities Barriers Rope at Arroyo Laguna. Can it be taken down? What is its purpose? 3/8/2006 Facilities Boats Boat launch at Piedras Blancas motel closed. Would like it open (TPL property.) 3/8/2006 Facilities Boats Small boat (kayak) launch near Arroyo Laguna. 3/8/2006 Facilities Boats North end of Caldrons lot was traditional boat launch. Needs cooperation with Friends of Elephant Seals so access could be guaranteed. 3/8/2006 Facilities Boats Fence north of motel site has cut off launching area for small boats. 3/8/2006 Facilities Boats Parking lot north of existing elephant seal parking lot was boat launch. Would like to see it returned. 3/8/2006 Facilities Boats Area north of Piedras Blancas motel. Good launch spot with deep channel. Currently fenced. 3/8/2006 Facilities Boats Some boat launches for kayaks north of Arroyo Laguna vista points. 3/8/2006 Facilities Camping Overnight camping/facilities on new property (primitive camping) at Piedras Blancas motel, maybe Junge Ranch & Molinari. 3/8/2006 Facilities Camping Overnight camping/facilities. 3/8/2006 Facilities Camping Primitive environmental camping along coastal trail. 3/8/2006 Facilities Camping Overnight primitive camping for ad hoc hikers at Piedras Blancas motel. 3/8/2006 Facilities Closures No closing areas to the public. "No Sea West." 3/8/2006 Facilities Dogs Off-leash dog areas available at some beaches. (Would require a change in current laws for State Parks.) 3/8/2006 Facilities Elephant Seals Walking by elephant seals does not disturb them. 3/8/2006 Facilities Fees Why are no fees collected? Creates more problems in the balance with the revenue collection. Not worth it. 3/8/2006 Facilities Hostel Hostel at motel site. 3/8/2006 Facilities Kiosk Kiosk at WRHMSB should go. 3/8/2006 Facilities Kiosk No kiosks - no changes. 3/8/2006 Facilities Lighting Preservation of night sky - no artificial lighting. 3/8/2006 Facilities Movie Movie at Hearst Castle® to have alternative experience so that visitors don't have to drive north from the Hearst Castle® Visitor Center. 3/8/2006 Facilities Parking More parking at San Carpoforo. 3/8/2006 Facilities Parking More parking at San Carpoforo and a wider spot. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - FACILITIES Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Facilities Parking Caltrans stacks material in parking areas for staging areas. Takes up parking space. 3/8/2006 Facilities Parking ADA access with parking. 3/8/2006 Facilities Parking Less vehicles parked on Highway 1. 3/8/2006 Facilities Parking No hardscape west of Highway 1. Decomposed granite if anything to be used. 4/11/2006 Facilities Parking Keep parking lots minimal. 4/11/2006 Facilities Parking No paving of parking lots. 4/11/2006 Facilities Parking Parking only at northern and southern ends of Coastal Trail through the property. 4/11/2006 Facilities Parking Keep parking lots as natural as possible. Arroyo Laguna parking lot is okay as is. Guards are in the middle of the parking lot which is a social hub. Leave it as a "wild parking lot" with rabbits, 4/11/2006 Facilities Parking etc. 4/11/2006 Facilities Parking Encourage Caldrons not to overbuild the parking lots. Area of elephant seal viewing areas is trashed. Need plan for facilities for people including restroom issues and water quality concerns. Needs to be a 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning balance. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning All other places besides elephant seal viewing area need to be pristine coastline. People should be directed to current elephant seal viewing area. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning All about balance - tourism, economy, preservation. Manage and control. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Colors of facilities, maps, etc. should match nature. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Focus tourism at some places better situated to large groups. Preserve others for more solitude for locals. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning What is level of acceptable change for each area? (LAC) 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning People are trying to determine how people on the central coast will live. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning MLPA proposals for this area - look on MLPA website. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Look at MLPA proposal for this area. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Look at the website for Marine Life Protection Act - Cordon off areas and call them reserves. Piedras Blancas proposal with maps. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning It is a ready-made park. The onus is on people to be safe. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Be alone with no visual distractions. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Leave it alone! 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning A "no development option" needs to be part of the planning process. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Policies malleable to err on side of protection. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning More preservation - make it a natural preserve. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Focus active recreation at William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach facilities. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Existing restrictions at current elephant seal viewing area are appropriate. 3/8/2006 Facilities Planning Maintain the view shed. 5/10/2006 Facilities Planning Limited development along the coast, there are adequate facilities located at campsites and parks. 5/10/2006 Facilities Planning I am a proponent to keep Arroyo Laguna as is. No development by agencies, public or private. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - FACILITIES Date Core Category Type Public Comment Nothing overly sanitized or overly organized. Amenities can be found at WRHMSB. No parking fees and if must have parking areas, then no paving. Keep everything rural, rustic and wild. No campgrounds except walk-in tents. No RVs. No trailers, no campers, no food area, no showers. For once 5/14/2006 Facilities Planning allow nature to be the draw, not man's intrusion. The coast north of San Simeon is a favorite of mine to explore and feel like I've really gotten away from it all. PLEASE restrict amenities like bathroom, 5/14/2006 Facilities Planning concessions, etc. to keep it that way. I know you must put up some signage, but please be conservative. 3/8/2006 Facilities Plants Restoration of native plants with use of volunteer staff. 3/8/2006 Facilities Restrooms No restrooms. It encourages litter. 3/8/2006 Facilities Restrooms Restrooms at motel site. 3/8/2006 Facilities Restrooms Through traffic will use/overfill restrooms. 3/8/2006 Facilities Restrooms Maintenance problems with restrooms. 3/8/2006 Facilities Restrooms Restrooms at elephant seal viewing area. 3/8/2006 Facilities Restrooms Restrooms at Piedras Blancas motel and hostel. 4/11/2006 Facilities Restrooms Restrooms at elephant seal viewing area. 4/11/2006 Facilities Restrooms No new restrooms. 4/11/2006 Facilities Restrooms For the 18 miles of Coastal Trail, parking lots should be at either end of the trail only. 4/11/2006 Facilities Restrooms Piedras Blancas should be open to more use, including restrooms. 4/11/2006 Facilities Restrooms No new restrooms at all. If people are attracted to certain spots, then must provide some facilities. Put restrooms where you want people. Piedras Blancas and elephant seal 4/11/2006 Facilities Restrooms viewing areas are appropriate places. 4/11/2006 Facilities Restrooms No restrooms at Arroyo Laguna. 3/8/2006 Facilities Shuttle Shuttle from Hearst Castle®. 3/8/2006 Facilities Signage Signage and facilities should be colored to match nature. 3/8/2006 Facilities Signage The signage at the elephant seal viewing area is a good model for recreation and preservation. 3/8/2006 Facilities Signage Signage is an issue at the elephant seal viewing area. 3/8/2006 Facilities Signage Harm by beach fires to animals. Signage at WRHMSB relating to historical and cultural information of San Simeon Point similar to Asilomar. Historical and cultural value. Facilitate at 3/8/2006 Facilities Signage places where people should stop and gather. 3/8/2006 Facilities Signage Signs at elephant seal viewing area informing visitors that bathrooms are available at WRHMSB and at Hearst Castle®. 3/8/2006 Facilities Signage Interpretive signs for various resource messages and education. 4/11/2006 Facilities Signage There should be more signs and information on what is going on. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trails Trails should not be multi-use or braided trail systems. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trails Stay on trails. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trails Watch erosion on bluffs with trails. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - FACILITIES Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Facilities Trails Estero Bluffs as model. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trails Trails should be restrictive. "Respect the habitat of the rattlesnakes!!!" signage. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trails The Coastal Trail - a good or bad idea? Should it be connected all the way? 3/8/2006 Facilities Trails Perhaps on west side of Highway 1? 3/8/2006 Facilities Trash No trashcans. It encourages litter. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trash If they can be maintained well - trash cans okay. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trash It's cleaner now that the dumpsters have been removed. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trash Trash cans & recycle bins in parking areas. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trash Through traffic will use/overfill trash cans. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trash Problems with overfilled trash cans. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trash Trash begets more trash. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trash Dumpsters were filled with bulky items. Cleaner without them. 3/8/2006 Facilities Trash Encourage people to "pack it in" and "pack it out" concept. 3/8/2006 Facilities Vehicles Park doesn't need to be "car friendly." 3/8/2006 Facilities Website Maps that can be downloaded from websites for planning process. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - EDUCATION/INTERPRETATION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Access Watch information on how access is given to the public. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Access How will people gain access for the tours and walking? 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Access Access to beach for interpretive reasons. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Access Restrict programs that allow access to the property. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Access Have access. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Access Use of fees for access. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Access No access to cove at Piedras Blancas. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Access Need "whole gamut" of access to elephant seals. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Access Need alternate access points besides Arroyo Laguna. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Access Closures deny families access to beach. Don't stop family access. 5/10/2006 Education-Interpretation Access Solution to Arroyo Laguna access issue is while elephant seals are present, have an "Interpretive Ranger" stationed there during sensitive times. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Accessibility ADA hike and bus use. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Accessibility Older people and people with disabilities want access and input. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Advertisements WRHMSB should be better advertised and promoted to direct people to enjoy recreation there. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Advertisements Object to "destination" concept and language in advertising. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Agencies Help educate the public on the different agencies involved. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Agencies Interpret the partnerships. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Beach Walking Beach walking is an "ocean related activity." 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Boats Small boat use. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Dogs Dogs allowed at certain locations. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Dogs Dogs should be treated the same way as horses on accessibility. Dog owners should have same treatment and rights as horse owners. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Elephant Seals Elephant seals are there for interpretive reasons for local and national interest. MMPA. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Elephant Seals Big parking lot at elephant seals okay, but also want to hike to see seals without hordes of people. Have many options for viewing. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Elephant Seals State Parks goes too far in protection of resources. They are nice but it is too much. Also will have plover issues in addition to elephant seals. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Elephant Seals Focus on the actual resource. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Fires Educate the public on the danger of beach fires. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Interpretive Center Interpretive center at Piedras Blancas Motel site. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Kiosk Get rid of kiosk at WRHMSB. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Media Better use of media on the "closures" so that the public will know, i.e., what is "except for ocean-related activities." 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Natural Resources Return of nature through help from State Parks. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Natural Resources Education on pack it in/pack it out. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Natural Resources Save the night sky. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Natural Resources Need places to be alone with nature. No visual distraction. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - EDUCATION/INTERPRETATION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Planning Caltrans has spots for education along the coast that can use as a model. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Planning Make certain some areas are more focused for visitors and other areas for locals. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Planning Focus tourism on some areas to take it away from other spots. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Planning Day use/overnight and programs for education/interpretation. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Planning Work with private landowners on preservation and conservation at Hearst Castle® Visitor Center. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Planning Concern about special places becoming "hot spots" for public. Arroyo de la Cruz - like it the way it is. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Planning At Hearst Castle® Visitor Center, have a "natural" elephant seal experience. For some that is all they need. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Planning Research areas for education. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Recreation Active recreation - get out the word. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Recreation Tell public through education what is available for their use. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Restrooms Children on educational hikes need bathrooms. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Restrooms Bathroom at elephant seal viewing site. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation School Tours Have formal agreement with Outdoor School. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation School Tours Partnership with outdoor schools that use the area (KEEP, CDP.) 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Signs on historical/cultural area of San Simeon where people will be. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Signs that are directional. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Interpretive signs along the coast. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Interpretive signs relating to all aspects of the property. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Signs with a resource message. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Should be sign about bonfires and harm to shells. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Signage at elephant sea viewing area with directions to available restrooms. Send to WRHMSB. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Interpretive signs covering broader resource message. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage More interpretive signs related to cultural and historical value of area at WRHMSB. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Post signs for restrooms at WRHMSB and at Hearst Castle® Visitor Center. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Interpretive signs along the Coastal Trail. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage At Arroyo Laguna, on the gate or fence, need signs for access for ocean-related activities. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Phrasing is okay - "ocean-related activities" - but application needs to be changed. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Put a sign on the gate at Arroyo Laguna explaining the terms of access. 4/11/2006 Education-Interpretation Signage Need signs. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Staff Rangers should be generalists rather than specific. Educate public about the area. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Staff Reinstate the concept of rangers as educators. "Generalist rangers." 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Staff Rangers "out to write tickets" need to change focus to educate rather than "bust." 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Staff Rangers should have "people skills." PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - EDUCATION/INTERPRETATION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Staff Don't reduce rangers' power. They have a very difficult job. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Staff Rangers have become "police officers" instead of educators. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Staff Sarah at Arroyo Laguna working with traffic redirection is a good example of staff with good people skills. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Trails Trails for tours. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Trails How should Coastal Trail be used? 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Trails Make it a natural preserve. Higher level of protection. Keep people on trails. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Trails Trails for walking and cycling. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Trails Trails not for multi-use. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Trails Trails side-by-side for different use. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation View shed Educate on view shed. Caltrans has jurisdiction. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation View shed Ability to be alone without any visual distraction - no signs, etc. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Visitation Don't send people from Hearst Castle®. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Visitation How many people allowed on walks? 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Visitor Center Piedras Blancas Visitor Center. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Volunteers Expand docent program to augment staff. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Volunteers Need good docent program like the Friends of the Elephant Seals. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Volunteers Use volunteers. There are many good ones in this area. Information on website for education-interpretation. Use of movie at Hearst Castle® Visitor Center to give experience rather than put visitors out on 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Website highway. 3/8/2006 Education-Interpretation Website Downloadable maps would be helpful in planning and public input. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - PUBLIC SAFETY Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Public Safety Access Surfing spots need continued access. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Barriers Steep coastal bluffs should be fenced for public safety. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Barriers There should be no barriers on the bluffs. People should take responsibility for their own safety. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Education Visitors must pay attention to where they are as part of educational process. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Elephant Seals Elephant seals are not disturbed by people and activities. Laws should not be pressed further. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Elephant Seals Area with elephant seals should have restrictions - person found self between a bull seal and a cliff. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Emergencies Plan for what should be done in case of emergency. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Fences Fence steep bluffs in areas with no trail to protect public from falling off cliffs. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Kayakers If kayakers are in distress, then State Parks will respond. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Law Enforcement More law enforcement at "high visitation" public areas. 4/11/2006 Public Safety Law Enforcement Communication is important. Make rules clear prior to implementation. 4/11/2006 Public Safety Law Enforcement Harassment of elephant seals is open to interpretation. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Markers Have emergency response location identifiers along property - like mile markers on highways but on trails. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Public The number of people at the elephant seal viewing area is a concern. 4/11/2006 Public Safety Signs Don't give a ticket without some sort of notice or sign. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Staff When Rangers are required to make contacts; make it more educational. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Staff Rangers should have a generalist role. Also educate public about area instead of law enforcement. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Staff Rangers are viewed as police officers. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Staff Need to educate - not ticket and take money. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Staff State Parks does have staff who are models with people skills. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Staff With more public, need more public safety in focused areas. 4/11/2006 Public Safety Staff Which agency do you call for help in emergencies? State Parks, CHP, F&G? 4/11/2006 Public Safety Telephones Emergency phone - Caltrans currently has a call box in the vicinity of Arroyo Laguna parking lot. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Trails If there is no trail and a natural hazard exists, then should be some way to let visitors know. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Vehicles There should be ranger vehicles on the beach for emergencies only. 3/8/2006 Public Safety Water There should be places for drinking water. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - RESOURCE PROTECTION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access Coastal trail on Hearst easements - spur trails. No limit on coastal trail - concern regarding crossing easement to access trail. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access Leave it alone!! How will people access area? Vista points full of RVs. Want to see fewer vehicles parked on Highway 1. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access Shuttle people from Hearst Castle® parking lot. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access Want access to surf spots. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access Keep access open. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access No restrictions on access. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access How to control or track access at Point San Simeon? 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access Hearst Castle® docents - don't direct tourists to property. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access Arroyo Laguna should not be open to public during elephant seal season but surfers are okay. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access There should be open public access to Arroyo Laguna during elephant seal season. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Access Limited fenced access to view elephant seals. Perhaps pier shaped boardwalk toward beach area. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Access Access with dogs! 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Access Continued access to water (ocean.) Protecting resources from "killers" such as surfers and dogs goes way beyond protection of snowy plovers, etc. Banned surfing, bikes and dogs. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Access Concerned about other areas because of Villa Creek (2 miles away). Protection needs to be specific to resources. Locals pick up trash as they walk along the edge of the water. This is an ocean-related activity and should not be discriminated against. Elephant 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Access seals need to interact with humans. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Access Access for ocean-related activities should include walking along the edge of the water. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Accessibility ADA access at elephant seal viewing area. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Accessibility Disabled persons hike for ADA community. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Agencies What is Fish and Game's role? 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Balance There needs to be a balance between protection and recreation. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Barriers Can rope at Arroyo Laguna be removed? 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Beach walkers Not allowed access as others have been. Talked down to by service people. Picks up trash while walks on beach. Discrimination. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Caltrans Caltrans must get involved. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Caltrans Caltrans signs are helpful. There are safety issues on the road. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Dogs Continue with dog walking on or off leash on beaches. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Dogs At Arroyo Laguna allow dogs off-leash. (Conflicts with current State Park policy.) 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Dogs Protect the resources of the park land with dogs. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Dogs Don't overdo protection like "no dogs." Make it specific to the resource. Be rational. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Dogs Want access with dogs who are our families and companions. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Dogs Access denied all over county. Treat dog owners like horse owners. Dog owners are odd ones out. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Elephant Seals Elephant seal and human use interactions. Define "disturbance." Must follow MMPA laws. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - RESOURCE PROTECTION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Elephant Seals Elephant seal haulout restrictions appropriate - don't change. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Elephant Seals Want to walk on beach when elephant seals are present - need interaction with humans. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Endangered Species What will happen regarding management of endangered species such as elephant seals vs. snowy plovers? 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Endangered Species What is the order of importance for endangered species - elephant seals, snowy plovers, salmon? 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Facilities Facilities needed at elephant seal viewing area. There of lots of people and no facilities. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Facilities Keep other areas besides the elephant seal viewing area pristine. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Kites Kites are not allowed because of snowy plovers? 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Laws Federal laws are confusing. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Laws What are Federal and State laws that relate? 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Locals Locals are valuable resource for education and for clean-up. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Locals Locals are protective of Arroyo Laguna. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Locals Regular (local) public users are assets and ambassadors for State Parks. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Locals Locals are there as help for others from out of state or country. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Locals Locals want to help - Let us! 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Locals Tourists can be a problem. Locals are also educators. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Maps Maps showing all areas and restrictions. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Natural Resources Embrace policy toward return of nature. "Err on the side of protection." 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Natural Resources Potential conflicts between elephant seals vs. snowy plovers? 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Natural Resources Preserve the night sky. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Natural Resources Preservation is important. Leave it alone! 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Parking No hardscape west of Highway 1. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Parking Problem with people parking on road side - some people want to advertise and promote visitation. It's all about balance. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Parking Caltrans management issues - use of turnouts. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Parking Maintain the social dynamic of the parking lot at Arroyo Laguna. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Parking Anything done with Arroyo Laguna for facilities such as parking lots, trash cans will increase access and attract people. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Parking Keep Arroyo Laguna parking lot like it is now. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Parking Keep parking lot friendly at Arroyo Laguna. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Parking Parking lot at Arroyo Laguna as a friendly, social environment has changed. Was told that no one was allowed on the beach in the winter. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Planning Need baseline resource data. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Planning Estero Bluffs is a good model. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Planning LAC Principles - Level of acceptable change - look at key species. Look for resource trends. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Planning Should be a balance between tourism, economic benefit and protection, etc. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Planning Balance tourism with preservation. PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - RESOURCE PROTECTION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Planning "No development" as part of planning document. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Planning Who will do planning development? Public input? Offer "no development " option in planning process. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Planning Balance protection and recreation. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Planning Better to care than not. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Planning Paranoia about what could happen based on other areas. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Planning Nature and humans can exist together. Comments from Preservation of the Piedras Blancas Motel (CPPBM) stating coastline is a unique and precious resource that must be preserved for both cultural and natural resource protection. Feel resources are of national concern, not just local or state-wide and that State of California's outreach efforts for public comments at these hearings are significantly lacking and that greater effort should be made to inform the media around 5/10/2006 Resource Protection Planning the State so that more people are represented. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Plants "Exotics" - preserve ESHA. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Plants Re-institute native flora. Volunteer opportunity. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Pollution Water quality, pollution and human use concerns. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Public Notification Public notification of identification of plover habitat and criteria for designation. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Public Notification Public notification of State's snowy plover locations at Arroyo Laguna and Arroyo de la Cruz. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Public Notification Keep people informed. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Restrictions No dogs, cows, bikes, kites on entire property. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Restrictions No road building stockpiling, staging in parking areas by Caltrans. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Restrictions No kiosks or fees or closed areas like at Sea West property. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Signage Area doesn't need to be advertised. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Signage View should continue to be "main drawing card." 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Signage Signs taken out of Arroyo Laguna need to be replaced. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Signage Caltrans needs to put up signs. Locals want an answer and the State needs to help find out about signs from Caltrans. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Signage People want to go to right viewing place for elephant seals; need signs. Visitors are nervous at Arroyo Laguna when elephant seals are so close. Most visitors prefer the elephant seal viewing area but get confused 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Signage without signs. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Signage Has Caltrans made any headway? Signs are very helpful so people won't stop at Arroyo Laguna. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Signage Caltrans signs would be helpful. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Snowy Plovers Show snowy plover spots - should have public identification. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Snowy Plovers Will beach be closed for snowy plovers? 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Staff Two guards told local that they couldn't walk on the beach but windsurfers were permitted at Arroyo Laguna parking lot. Felt talked down to. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Trails People should stay on trails. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Trails Will there be coastal trail on the east side of Highway 1? PUBLIC COMMENTS CORE PROGRAM - RESOURCE PROTECTION Date Core Category Type Public Comment 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Trails Incorporate California Coastal Trail along the entire 18 miles with maximum access points. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Trails ADA access points with parking. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Trails No trails that will increase erosion. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Trails Do not wander off trails. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Trails Should the Coastal Trail connect along all of California? 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Vehicles No picnic gear, no motorized vehicles, no motorized toys such as remote-controlled airplanes. 3/8/2006 Resource Protection Vehicles Ranger vehicles on beach during emergencies only. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Volunteers Initiate a docent program as soon as possible. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Volunteers Local population would love to help with docent programs and to get them organized. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Volunteers State Parks staff are volunteers in many cases. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Volunteers Last year was more effective with volunteers at Arroyo Laguna. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Volunteers We appreciate the volunteers and staff that are there at the beach area. 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Website There should be a map showing easements and restrictions. Windsurfers are ambassadors for the area. Visitors are confused on the viewing area for elephant seals. Windsurfers should be allowed to go 4/11/2006 Resource Protection Windsurfing down to water regardless of constraints. Should be a partnership.
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