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HALF MOON BAY (KPIX 5) — San Mateo County is cracking down on rowdy beachgoers in Half Moon Bay. Neighbors of Poplar Beach say the situation is bad with noise, trash and illegal fireworks.
“It’s just been a horrible situation,” said neighbor Kelli Swan.
Swan says illegal activity on the beach and in the parking lot seems to pick up when the sun goes down.
“Tons of garbage left behind, people are leaving behind full tables that they play games on, they’re leaving their fires burning. I woke up at about 12:30 to some loud booms and there were professional-level fireworks going off on the beach,” Swan said.
Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office posted a zero tolerance policy for fireworks this week and they will be writing citations for $107 each.
Deputies have increased routine patrols in the area, where several car break-ins have recently occurred.
The city of Half Moon Bay is also hiring private security guards to patrol the beaches and parking lots all night to primarily act as a deterrent.
Although parking lots are closed at sunset, the beach is accessible to the public on foot or bicycle 24 hours a day.
“By dedicating an overnight patrol both here and other beaches, it just means we’ll have more people with more eyes on the property more often,” said Mathew Chidester, Deputy City Manager. “Hopefully it will convince people to not come down here to do some things they’ve been doing in the past.”
Chidester said the private security company will be paid about $20,000 for its services until the end of summer.
The Sheriff’s office is also asking the county to purchase a Polaris off-road police vehicle which will allow the deputies to safely drive down the bluffs and have a greater police presence on the beaches.
This is why we need wildlife crossings
What do you think about adding wildlife crossings on Hwy 17, 92 and 84?
Couple snippets from the article:
"30 such passages throughout the state, with two that cross a highway..drivers and animals collided 472 times..An underpass was constructed in this area and completed in 2016. Since then remote cameras have snapped images of wildlife using the underpass including deer, raccoons, coyotes and other small animals, all taking advantage of the safer route..Animals are using the structure; we're not just moving the problem..That state's crossings, including underpasses and deer-tight fencing, have reduced deer and vehicles collisions by 85 percent."
New stickers available! The idea came from the local Hawaiian sticker "Keep the Country Country". We wanted something for home. "Keep the Coast Country".
"Federal employees who returned from the month-long partial government shutdown decided that it was probably not worth the effort to relocate the roughly 90 individuals involved. That’s because some of them were pregnant or newborns, and all of them were opportunistic elephant seals that have taken over what used to be the tourist area of Drakes Beach, Calif."
They used to sell these maps years ago in town. I was on the couch and randomly I thought of the map and went to dig it up from the garage. I still had it in great condition. I bought it when I was young. I laid it out on the table and put a piece of glass over to photograph. I probably haven't seen or heard anyone mention them since I bought it. Hope you enjoy this little piece of history.
We've finished building our new store! We hand build all the displays and shelves! The wood and pallets were found in town and the harbor of given to us by friends. Now to stock the shop and get our systems in place. We can be found inside Spanishtown on 92 in Half Moon Bay. Still much to do and we look forward to being fully open on the weekends soon! Come visit us! All are welcome!