Assembly Bill 250 (Gonzalez-Fletcher) requires the Coastal Conservancy establish a program to expand the availability of low coast overnight accommodations on the coast. A recent joint study by UCLA and San Francisco State University found that 75 percent of Californians view the high cost of overnight coastal accommodations as a barrier to coastal access. In the last three decades, nearly 25,000 economy hotel/motel rooms have been eliminated, and today fewer than 5 percent of coastal accommodations can be considered economy. Fees for a developed campsite at a state park on the coast currently range from $40 to $65 per night and the demand for these campsites is so high that they often sell out 6 months in advance. This combination has created a situation where far too many Californians are unable to visit the coast and receive the health, wellness and recreational benefits that come with those experiences.
We strongly support Assembly Bill 250 (Gonzalez-Fletcher) for its efforts to break down the economic barriers that are preventing equitable access to California’s coast.