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ATV opponents file suit to ban machines from California’s Oceano Dunes Recreation Area

April 28, 2014

The Mesa Community Alliance has filed a lawsuit alleging that the California Department of Parks and Recreation is illegally operating the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area and wants off-highway vehicles banned from the dunes.

Named in the suit are the California Department of Parks and Recreation, San Luis Obispo County and the county’s supervisors. The suit, filed in Superior Court, wants a ban to prohibit public nuisance and trespass and restoration and revegetation of the dunes.

More than a million people visit the park each year.

The Mesa Community Alliance claims that residents of the Nipomo Mesa are adversely affected by the state's mismanagement of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

The alliance claims that OHVs cause air pollution, which is harmful to area residents and visitors.

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