The Gaviota Coast
Paradiso Del Mar Notice
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved the Paradiso del Mare (aka Makar) Project on February 4th, 2014, jeopardizing the eastern gateway to the Gaviota Coast. The Gaviota Coast Conservancy, together with the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Santa Barbara Audubon Society, and marine mammal expert Peter Howorth, appealed the County's approval of the Project to the California Coastal Commission. You can view our appeal at: Paradiso Del Mare We will ask the Coastal Commission to modify the Project to protect the harbor seal rookery, avoid harm to an important white-tailed kite nesting site, and provide a sensible beach access trail. Public involvement can really make a difference at the Coastal Commission, so once we have a hearing date we will ask you attend the hearing and/or send emails to the Commission supporting our appeal.
The Gaviota Coast, located in southern Santa Barbara County, includes the coastal watersheds between Coal Oil Point in Goleta, to Point Arguello on Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the remainder of Vandenberg's coast to Point Sal. The portion down-coast of Point Conception constitutes about 15% of Southern California's coast, yet contains approximately 50% of its remaining rural coastline.
Expanding urbanization has displaced agriculture on fertile coastal plains along Southern California's coastline, reduced public beach access, and stressed coastal watersheds and marine ecosystems. Rapid population growth in the region has led to dramatic loss of native biological diversity, and a general decline in the health of ecosystems we depend on. To meet these challenges and preserve our coastal heritage, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to long-term strategies to permanently protect the Gaviota Coast. Join us in our efforts to preserve this beautiful and irreplaceable national treasure.