The Surfrider Foundation views beach access as a universal right of all people. The foundation works to secure access to beaches on every coast so that people of all communities can enjoy valuable coastal resources.
The Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation works on access to all beaches from Lincoln City to Yachats. We also partner with other chapters and with governmental and civic organizations to protect access to the entire Oregon Coast.
Specifically, we work on the following:
- Public access when it is threatened by policy restrictions, physical barriers, private coastal development or modifications, and climate change
- Readable signage so that visitors can locate beach-access points
- Warning signs where needed, to make visitors to the beach aware of use restrictions and to keep them safe
- Convenient public parking
- Adequate amenities such as public bathrooms, showers, waste-disposal systems and lifeguard services
Current Local Campaign
The Newport Chapter is working to block a harmful development in a geologically unstable area that has served as a historic beach access.
Owners of property on the west side of Spring Street in Newport want to build a house and two duplexes in an area that has been proved to be geologically unstable. The first building permit for this property was challenged by the neighboring property owners and the property owner withdrew their permit application to respond to geologic concerns. As part of the development, the owners are also pursuing a vacation of a county road that runs through the property and has served as a historical beach access.
Update: Due to community opposition, the property owner has withdrawn their application for the County to vacate Jump Off Joe County Road # 500. The fight does not stop here! The City of Newport expects the property owner to submit another building permit application in January 2019.