• R2Dad Posted: 9/9/2010 8:48pm PDT

    The only spot on the west coast (that I know of) where you can drive on the beach is Pismo. Long tradition of families traveling there just to run their vehicles in the sand. Lots of fun. I believe ships dumping their bilge too close to the coast causes more environmental damage than people running their ATV in the sand. There are only a few beaches in the country we are allowed to do this--no need to eliminate this outdoor recreation.

  • Randall E. Alden Posted: 9/9/2010 9:26pm PDT

    Driving vehicles on the beach is really fun and adventurous, but there are general rules to follow. Like speed limit is 25mph or drive only on that portion of the beach which lies between the foot of the dunes and the ocean. If only drivers will follow the rules, no accidents will happen.

  • intensive driving Posted: 9/10/2010 12:43am PDT

    The needless death of a 4 year old boy has to prompt a change.
    Yes, keep beach driving if you want - just ban it during the Summer months.
    I like my rights but when some fool (whilst sober and licensed we have no idea of the drivers age or IQ) in a pick-up robs a family of the most precious thing in their life you have to improve matters... unless you're a heartless fool as well.

  • Tom Posted: 9/10/2010 5:56am PDT

    Seems like lunacy to allow cars to drive through an area where children are playing. Some areas/times should be closed to cars and some areas/times should be closed to families. I'm going to take my kids to a beach where cars are not allowed.

  • JMH Posted: 9/10/2010 6:00am PDT

    I can't believe this is an issue in this day and age - nobody (except maybe police/park rangers) should be driving on beaches! I'm sure it is fun, challenging, and adventurous, and while it may be a tradition, there are many traditions that are harmful and destructive and should be stopped. Run on the beach, play frisbee on the beach, build a sand castle on the beach, drive an exhaust-spewing 2 ton vehicle on the beach.... which of these doesn't fit?

  • Tom Posted: 9/10/2010 9:12am PDT

    Here in Texas, people jealously guard their right to drive on the beach. To restrict that right takes practically an act of the Texas legislature, approval of the state Land Office, an enviromental inquiry, and an edict from the heavens above. I grew up in Florida where - except for Daytona - no-one drove on the beaches, children could run and play almost at will, and public access was guaranteed by the presence of beach-access easements and parks every so far, many with public parking offered nearby. I think the Florida system works well; the Texas system, in my opinion, leaves a lot to be desired.

  • david Posted: 9/18/2010 4:54am PDT

    Im sitting here at St Augustine every morning watching the cars go by on the beach...