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The secret is out: Red, White, and Blue Beach (aka the nudie beach) is for sale. And the Land Trust is working to turn the last private beach in the county into one open to the public.

To respect the family’s wishes we have not talked publicly, until now, about our interest and offer to protect the last private beach in the county. The issue is now public with its appearance in Bruce Bratton’s column (and others to follow).

The Land Trust has made a full and fair offer to purchase the property. Here’s a quick look at why we’d love to forever protect this property.

It is four miles outside of town, 170 acres that stretches across Highway 1. It is a slice of what makes this area special: a rock outcropping canyon, redwoods, grassy coastal bluffs, a creek, farmland, AND a private beach.

And, there’s more, as they say on TV commercials. The property connects Wilder Ranch State Park and the Cotoni-Coast Dairies, and along the Coastal Rail Trail. So, of course, we’re trying to protect it.

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Stephen Slade is the Executive Director at Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. He has more than 40 years non-profit experience in fundraising, communications, and management – and a deep passion for the lands that make Santa Cruz special.

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This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. WONDERFUL,, hope it works.. i am really proud to be a contributing member.

    i started based on wanting a tunnel for the pumas,,, and find it more important to contribute each time i hear what you are doing..

    thanks for you vigilance and dedication

  2. Read your article, and support the Land Trust purchase of 4 mile to ensure surf break stays accessible. But article not clear if there’s anything I can do to actively support your effort.

  3. This is absolutely wonderful!!! I was employee #2 at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and also helped start the Taos Land Trust. I used to say that saving open space was an esoteric upper middle class value, and I am especially grateful that the public now realizes the importance of these rapidly disappearing parts of the world. I moved down here from Palo Alto four years ago and was especially pleased to know about the Land Crust of Santa Clara County.
    Green gigabytes of gratitude for a great group with glorious gab!!!
    Carroll Harrington
    108A Washburn Avenue
    Capitola, CA 95010

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