Two California RV parks fined $750,000 for allegedly making public beaches seem off-limits

Two California RV parks fined $750,000 for allegedly making public beaches seem off-limits

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A view near Campland on the Bay in San Diego.

A view near Campland on the Bay in San Diego.

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Two RV parks along the California coast have been penalized three-quarters of a million dollars after a government agency said that the public was misled to believe its adjacent beaches were private, as reported by KGTV San Diego

Campland on the Bay and Mission Bay RV Resort allegedly had signs surrounding the properties stating that beach access was private and for use by their guests only. 

The California Coastal Commission reached a settlement with the parks, which are both public trust state tidelands, to ensure the surrounding area knows the beaches are available for all.

"They had a bunch of signs up saying that it was only for private use only, and that it was only for guests of paying customers and their website promoted it like a private luxurious beach," Lisa Haage, Chief Enforcement Officer of the Commission, told KGTV.

The groups agreed on using the $750,000 for free summer camps for underprivileged youth. The parks will also be required to remove any signage that could confuse the public into thinking the beaches are private.

“I'd say that we are very excited about resolving these violations, and the fact the orders will finally open up these areas to public use, so that the public can picnic, swim, fish along their coast,” Haage said. “In addition, the orders will provide for a free program for disadvantaged communities to get the chance to share in these activities.  And further, we have provisions that reduce the use of plastics, such as plastic silverware and microplastics from laundry, to protect our coast and ocean from this growing and real threat.”

Finally, the parks will add new public toilets and electric vehicle charging stations.

“Campland on the Bay and Mission Bay RV Resort provide the most affordable coastal accommodations in the area, having served as conscientious stewards of public access and the surrounding environment for over 50 years in Mission Bay. The unprecedented package of public benefits offered by Campland on the Bay and Mission Bay RV Resort, including free camping for underserved youth, reflects our longstanding mission to facilitate access to coastal recreation in so many forms,” Jacob Gelfand, vice president of operations for both parks, said in a statement to SFGATE.

Editors note: This article was updated to include a quote from The California Coastal Commission.