Judge Rules in Favor of Organizations Protecting Motorized Recreation at Oceano Dunes

Judge Rules in Favor of Organizations Protecting Motorized Recreation at Oceano Dunes

A judge ruled in favor of several organizations working to protect motorized recreation at the Oceano Dunes on the Central Coast of California. EcoLogic partners, a joint collaboration between SEMA, ORBA, ASA and AMA recently filed a lawsuit against the Coastal Commission for prohibiting motorized recreation and overnight camping at the Oceano Dunes.

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Tana Coates ruled the Coastal commission abused its discretion by unilaterally ordering the elimination of OHV use at the Oceano Dunes.

“Today’s ruling is a huge win for SEMA, ORBA, ASA, and AMA District 37 in the fight to protect motorized recreation access in California and across the United States,” said Mike Spagnola, President & CEO of SEMA.  “The Coastal Commission’s efforts to stop off-road access at Oceano Dunes were unreasonable and set a dangerous precedent,”

The Oceano Dunes have been a hot issue with many meetings and people on both sides speaking for and against the closure. In 2021the Coastal Commission demanded California State Parks phase out motorized recreation by 2024. The Oceano Dunes are visited by millions of enthusiasts each year.

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