By Kristina Pritchett

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) is scheduled to discuss and vote on a local coastal program amendment (LCPA) the city submitted regarding operation times and retractable gates at Strand Beach.

The city submitted an LCPA, which included operational hours to conform with the settlement and gates to help enforce those hours.

According to a CCC report, the Commission staff recommends that the hours requested be approved but the gates be denied. The CCC said a rope or chain is more acceptable.

In July, the Planning Commission held a hearing for the LCPA that would allow the use of fully retractable gates in the Strand community. The proposed gates were retractable and were planned for the mid-strand beach access point, the central strand upper access point and the central strand lower access point.

The Commission is scheduled to discuss the subject on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Ventura. The meeting can be viewed at www.coastal.ca.gov.

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