Resident objects to California pollution monitoring

Posted by Christine, January 3, 2011

In a long-running dispute between off-road vehicle drivers and state clean air requirements, a Nipomo Mesa resident has appealed a county decision that allows the state to install independent wind-measuring towers at and near the Oceano Dunes.

The appeal means the application will go to the Board of Supervisors and possibly to the California Coastal Commission for review.

Warren Hoag, division manager for current planning at the county Planning and Building Department, estimated that the appeal “could be heard by the board sometime in February or March, depending on how full the agendas are.”

Katrina Dolinsky is challenging a Dec. 3 decision by a county planning department hearing officer that permitted State Parks to install five 30-foot towers to measure wind patterns at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

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Reporter Bob Cuddy reviewed a couple of the personalities and their issues in March, 2010:

Before Nipomo Mesa’s sand pollution grabbed the spotlight, the other, sub-rosa Battle of the Dunes was grinding forward as relentlessly as a quad on a sand spit.

The chief combatants: Langford, 70, and Rice, 41. Each has come to represent in the public eye a particular side of the fight over off-roading in the Oceano Dunes.

One of these two true believers, Langford, fervently wants the Dunes free of vehicles. The other, Rice, wants just as desperately to keep quads rolling over the crests and crevasses.

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