Access Victory - Florence, Oregon
Florence, Oregon - Local Surfrider activists have won a victory for public access. The Lane County commissioners, responding to considerable pressure, rescinded the $3 day use fee they had imposed simply for taking in the view at Harbor Vista County Park, known popularly among locals as Chicken Point. For many, frequenting the point is a daily morning ritual, and the view allows surfers, fishermen, and other ocean users to check conditions at the jetties and Siuslaw River Bar. Area residents and Surfrider activists responded swiftly by gathering over 250 signatures on a petition to eliminate the fee, as well as providing crucial public testimony to the Lane County Board of Commissioners. West Lane Commissioner Bill Fleenor championed the cause and quickly instructed park staff to remove the user fee sign from the viewing area. Big Ups and Massive Respect to all those who signed the petition, and helped gather signatures. Many thanks to Gus for leading the charge, and Mark, John, Scott, Seth and Charlie for giving public testimony to the board, and cheers to our friends at The Sportsman and Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition CoastWatch program for all their help in this campaign victory!