News Briefs 9-8-2022

Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

September 10, 2022

Maritime Family Fun Day Coming

Get ready to have some good old-fashioned fun celebrating all that’s wonderful about Morro Bay. On Saturday October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Morro Bay Maritime Museum, along with numerous local nonprofits and businesses, will transform the triangle lot behind the museum into a Maritime Family Fun Day. Admission is free. 

Enjoy sea shanties, sea stories, build a sandcastle, make an otter mask and a fish print, go on a treasure hunt, try the fishing booth, participate in a muffin contest or a chowder contest and ship load more. Stay for lunch and enjoy food by local restaurants and music all day.

For more information, go to morrobaymaritime.org.

First BESS Installed in County Building

A battery energy storage systems (BESS) installed in San Luis Obispo County at the Public Health Department and Health Agency Administration.

The switch has been flipped bringing life to the first battery energy storage systems (BESS) installed at San Luis Obispo County government buildings – at zero cost to residents.

BESS units were installed this summer at the County Public Health Department and Health Agency Administration building in San Luis Obispo. They will serve two primary purposes, banking up to 31 hours of electricity, which can be used during power outages, and also by providing energy during peak demand periods when PG&E grid electricity rates are highest and then recharging during off-peak periods when rates are lowest.

Collectively, the two units are expected to save the County $800,000 over their predicted 20-year lifespan, officials said. That money will support community health programs.

The BESS projects were developed by county Public Works staff with Tesla, Inc. and funded through the State of California Public Utilities Commission’s Self Generation Incentive Program.

Estero Bluff Cleanup Sept. 27

Take part in a cleanup at Estero Bluffs with the Cayucos Land Conservancy.
Photo submitted

The Cayucos Land Conservancy will once again host the Estero Bluffs Cleanup station as part or the Creeks to Coast Cleanup, formerly known as Coastal Cleanup Day. The countywide event is put on by the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo. 

The Estero Bluff Cleanup takes place Saturday September 17, 9 a.m. to Noon at Killer’s Surf Spot aka Fig Tree Parking Area at Estero Bluffs State Park. 

Show up with gloves, a bucket, debris grabber, if you have one, water and good walking shoes. Attendees will be assigned an area to clean along the 4-mile stretch from North Ocean Avenue to Villa Creek. Organizers will have some supplies on hand, including hand sanitizer and prizes.

Folks will return to the starting point at 11:30 a.m. to weigh and document what’s been collected and identify any areas to be checked by State Parks, Cal Trans or other agency..

The CLC is looking for gift card or treat donations for the event. Anyone interested should contact Malina at hello@CayucosLandConservancy.org.

In conjunction with Coastal Cleanup Day and Creeks to Coast Clean up, the Morro Bay Harbor Department is making an effort to clean up a portion of City property below the Bayshore Bluffs known as Oyster Shell Beach.  This area has been popular for citizens to store all kinds of watercraft but has become a threat to pollute with debris and unclaimed/forgotten property.  For the sake of coastal access the Harbor Patrol is asking for all watercraft stored on this beach to be clearly marked with either a name and phone number or .current DMV Registration.

For a list of all sites that need volunteers that day, go to ecoslo.org/creeks-to-coast.

Slow Down in SLO for Road Projects

Commuters and shoppers keep and eye out and add additional time for roadwork in San Luis Obispo.

The city is doing tree removal near the community garden on Broad Street Drivers should plan for traffic impacts due to lane closures related to this work.

Be driving cautious in Downtown as well. The city has started construction to seal the roadway and improve City streets, bike lanes, and sidewalks in the downtown. This work is expected to be complete before the busy winter holiday shopping season. 

For more information abot SLO in Motion projects, go to www.slocity.org/sloinmotion.

In completed SLO road projects news, Buckley Road has been extended from Vachell Lane to South Higuera Street, providing what planners say is a more efficient connection from Highway 101 to Highway 227, and improved access to the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. 

This extension is part of the Avila Ranch development under construction just north of Buckley Road and is intended to facilitate vehicle circulation. It also accommodates the future Caltrans campus.

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