NOVEMBER 18, 2008
AVILA BEACH SOLD TO
SLO COUNTY BUT
PIRATE’S COVE CAN
Nov 18 – As expected, the County of San Luis
Obispo purchased the 32 acres of bluffs and
buildable land at Avila Beach. The Board of
Supervisors unanimously agreed to the $12.2
million purchase at its November 18 meeting,
and took an option to purchase later an additional
27 acres that includes Pirate’s Cove nude beach
below the bluffs.
The current owners of the land, San Miguelito
Partners, has owned the beach and bluffs for
several decades and has been trying to sell it to
the county for several years. Under the new
agreement, Miguelito will dedicate the 3100-ft
stretch of beach to the County, and the County
agrees to “improve the beach parking lot, and the
beach access trail.” However the County has to
apply to the Coast Conservancy for the money to
make these improvements, so it may take several
years before ownership can pass to the county,
according to local news stories.
What does this mean in plain English? Nudists
can still use Pirate’s Cove with no changes in
status for the foreseeable future.
Our thanks to Allen Baylis, the Naturist Action
Committee, and other locals who prefer to
remain unnamed for their efforts to make this
We ask that NO letters or emails should be
sent to SLO officials at this time.
What has been missing at Pirate’s Cove is a
group of dedicated beach-goers who can self-
police the sand and bluffs above to shoo away
the voyeurs or persons intent on performing lewd
in the bushes. The Whales Cave
Conservancy and others local are beginning such
an effort both among the regulars, and also at
nearby Cal Poly College whose students often
visit the beach during the summer.
NUDE USE AT AVILA
Two hundred miles to the north, there is a new
threat endangering the nude section of Avila
(Pirate’s Cove) beach near San Luis Obispo.
KSBY-TV, the local station there reports that the
San Luis Obispo County Board of Super