Bolinas Beach No Camping Advisory Vote, Measure H (November 2009)

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A Bolinas Community Public Utility District "No Camping" Advisory Vote, Measure H ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the Bolinas Community Public Utility District in Marin County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure H authorized the board of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District to go to Marin County and request a County Ordinance to prohibit camping on the Bolinas Beach. It was an advisory vote. At the time of the vote on Measure H, camping on Bolinas Beach was already limited to weekends and holidays. The desire of those supporting Measure H was that the ban be extended to cover 365 days of the year.

Election results

Measure H
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 222 56.2%
No17343.8%
These final, certified, results are from the Marin County elections office.

Support

Bruce Bowser, a former secretary for the Bolinas Beach Committee, supported Measure H. He said that Bolinas is the only private beach that allows public camping and that "visitor" campers and the homeless are camping on the beaches.

Bowser also said that the current county ordinance that prohibits camping on weekends and holidays is ineffective and loosely enforced and, as a result, the beach is being soiled with human waste and beach fires are creating a hazard.[1]

Opposition

Magi Barror, the district's appointed Beach Committee Chairwoman, said that Measure H is not necessary because:

  • Problems have been reduced.
  • There are fewer campers now because of the existing weekend ban.
  • Campers do not cause most of the problems.[1]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure H: "Shall the Bolinas Community Public Utility District request a County Ordinance which prohibits camping on the Bolinas Beach full time and year round?"[2]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 CBS 5, "Nine local measures on Marin ballot November 3," October 23, 2009
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.