Saturday, June 25 , 2016, 5:03 am | Fair 53º

  • Follow Noozhawk on LinkedIn
  • Follow Noozhawk on Pinterest
  • Follow Noozhawk on YouTube
 
 
 
 
Posted on June 27, 2014 | 7:03 p.m.

Surf Beach Closed Due to Plover Violations

Source: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs

Surf Beach will be closed from June 27 to Sept. 30 due to exceeding the maximum number of violations tolerated to beach restrictions set to protect the nests of the federally-listed snowy plover.

Beach restrictions are enforced yearly on Wall, Minuteman and Surf beaches March 1 through Sept. 30, to coincide with the snowy plover's nesting season.

If a pre-determined number of violations are detected, the beaches are to be closed for the remainder of the nesting season.

This week there were 11 violations putting the number of violations on Surf Beach over 50, exceeding the designated number of violations.

As a federal agency, Vandenberg is required by the Federal Endangered Species Act not only to stop the decline of federally listed species, but also to actively aid in the recovery of those species.

"We know how important beach access is to the base and the community," said Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander. "But as the land manager here, I have a responsibility to uphold our obligations under the Endangered Species Act.

"Closing Surf Beach is necessary to ensure the proliferation of this threatened species during its most vulnerable moments."

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

 

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >