Reminder: Unauthorized beach access roads to be blocked

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I>

PENINSULA - The state has allocated funds to Pacific County to maintain legal beach access roads. Many individuals who use private-illegal roads will soon have to change their ways.

The county has received several complaints over the years about these make-shift roads that many local people have used for years to get to the beach.The county will soon take action to close the illegal entrances to the beach.

"We in no way intend to infringe on anyone's right to drive on the beach," Mike DeSimone stressed. "We just want you to drive on the approved and maintained approaches to the beach."

The county routinely replaces rock and clay and clears away excess sand in order for people to reach the beach safely. The approved approaches are at Seaview, Long Beach, Cranberry Road, Klipsan, Ocean Park and Oysterville.

To stop people from taking unauthorized roads over the dunes to get to the beach the county will be posting signs and putting cement blocks in the would-be roadways. DeSimone cites problems with privacy to those who own property near the beach as a major concern.

Increased fire danger from traffic in the tall grass and ecological matters are also concerns.

"We want the beach to be accessible and the ecology of the dunes to be preserved for our kids and their kids," DeSimone said.

The upper-most hard sand portion of the beach is a state highway with a 25 mph speed limit. The soft sand and dunes and the clam beds during low tide are off limits to motor vehicles.

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