This website is designed to serve the residents of the Carmel Point. The content of the website is primarily focused on the area of the county bound by Carmelo, Santa Lucia, and Scenic sometimes referred to as the Carmel Point or County Service Area 1 (CSA 1).
Preliminary General Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report Available for Review
The Carmel Area State Parks Preliminary General Plan (GP) and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has been released for public review and comment. The comment period is July 30 through October 1, 2018. Your comments are welcomed.
Your comments on the GP/DEIR may be submitted via email to [email protected] (subject line: CASP GP/DEIR Comments) or may be sent via postal mail to:
California State Parks
Public Information Open House - September 10, 2018
A public information open house will be held on September 10 at the former Rancho Canada Golf Club in the Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center, 4860 Carmel Valley Road. Please stop by anytime between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm when the planning team will be available to answer your questions and discuss the park plan and environmental analysis. You may also submit your written comments on the GP/DEIR at the open house.
1. As a homeowner on the Carmel River Lagoon (26395 Carmelo Street), I very much appreciate CSP’s strong stand on protecting the Carmel River Lagoon and Wetland Natural Preserve. I have been advocating for “adaptive management” for the Lagoon for many years in many different forums. A physical structure on State Park property is contrary to the notion of a nature preserve, especially when an adaptive management approach can have better environmental outcomes while still providing flood protection for public infrastructure and private property.
2. As a frequent visitor to Carmel River State Beach, I would like to suggest that “watercraft”, as they typically occur off the beach and into the Lagoon are pretty harmless to wildlife. The biggest numbers are children on boogie boards or floating devices that should probably not be classified as “watercraft”. Kayaks and stand-up-paddle boards are next in numbers, but the people using these are typically out for the experience of the natural beauty of the Lagoon, and are respectful of birds and other wildlife. There is an occasional small rowing craft, though my observation of these is that they are mostly manned by environmental agencies monitoring fish populations and/or water quality. I’ve only seen one craft with a sail in 10 years - and that was about as small as any sail craft can be. Please keep Carmel River State Beach free of new rules and regulations.
3. As a local resident, I’ve watched the parking problems at these local beaches and parks. I understand that the situation at Point Lobos is not sustainable. I also understand that there is periodic parking congestion at Monestary Beach and at Carmel River State beach. I would like to suggest adding an element to the notion of “adaptive management” in CSP’s efforts at improving access:
Go ahead and implement shuttle services for Point Lobos, but before removing automobile parking within the Park, try it out on the most congested holidays and weekends. I do not support shuttle services as a panacea for solving parking congestion problems, but if existing parking is retained for times when congestion is not a significant problem, CSP can allow automobile and parking access as it exist today. Visitors would be able to learn that certain times always require access by shuttle, and by limiting shuttle service days, limited funds would allow for more frequent busses. Locals and tourist organizations can make visitors aware of these congested times and how to use the shuttle services.
4. I would like to point out that winter access to Carmel River State Beach is often only possible from the Carmel River State Beach parking lot and nearby public streets - because the River is running to the sea. Please understand that access from new parking facilities to the south of the River cannot replace current parking for much of the year.
5. As a Landscape Architect, and the son of former California Beaches and Parks Landscape Architect, Robert Deering, I’d also like to suggest that CSP renew it’s investment in classic State Parks parking, restrooms and access facilities. Such a commitment would likely be appreciated by the California Coastal Commission as a positive effort toward the inclusion of low income family visitors who often arrive with picnic and recreation supplies that do not easily fit with shuttle services. These kinds of facilities are often looked down upon in a misguided view that since they are a man-made imposition on natural lands, they should be allowed to waste away and not be repaired or re-built when natural, or even man-made, damage to them occurs (as happened recently at Carmel River State Beach - which lost at least a third of its parking to well-intended, but failed river management).
The purpose of the Carmel Area State Parks is to provide public access to the central coast of California and the recreational opportunities offered by its waters, shoreline, beach, inland areas, and adjacent community setting.
I am an environmentalist, but I also understand this primary purpose of California State Parks - let’s include some classic State Park facilities where appropriate.
26395 Carmelo St., Carmel, CA 93923
California Landscape Architect #1976
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