By Kristina Pritchett

During the Aug. 16 City Council meeting, a public hearing is scheduled regarding a zone text amendment that would allow the use of fully retractable gates in the Strand community.

In July, the Planning Commission voted to send the recommendation to approve the zone text amendment to the City Council on a five to zero vote.

The amendment would allow the use of fully retractable gates at the mid-Strand beach access point, the central Strand upper access point and the central Strand lower access point.

Commissioners along with city residents who spoke at the Planning Commission meeting said they were in favor of the gates for security reasons.

In April 2016, the California Coastal Commission’s staff recommended a settlement agreement after six years of litigation—the settlement included an agreement to modify the local coastal development program to include designated hours of operations for the access points.

If the City Council approves the amendment on Aug. 16, it will go to the California Coastal Commission.

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