Wondering when Santa Barbara will return to some level of normalcy after the fires/mudslides for tourists. So sorry to see the devastation there. Thanks in advance for feedback.
Yes, Santa Barbara is open and beautiful. Most beaches however, are closed because the mud from the slides has been deposited there.
Montecito businesses are still closed. All exits to Montecito are still closed... it’s best to check CalTrans for road information.
Google maps is NOT showing closures so it is quite a mess ... you basically cannot drive in Montecito at this time but they are hoping to open Coast Billage Road soon.
Beaches aren't closed, but the recommendation is to not swim in ocean waters of some beaches.
(Google Maps will show road closures - enter "road closures" - but it is not accurate at this time.)
Ray Ford discusses impact to the local trails. The talk is an hour long - haven't watched it myself but thought it would be good to share. https://goo.gl/2JodwQ
Here is the city's newsletter from Jan 22: campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render…
Locrian your link says that 8 beaches ARE indeed closed until further notice, including East Beach. It is unfortunate that they've had to close so much of the beach but it is reality, safety takes precedence over "getting the tourists back". Personally I wouldn't step foot on any of them until a few months after they are "declared safe", but that's just me. Sorry.Edited: 23 January 2018, 13:09
That press release is from Jan 11 before they used all these beaches to dump mud and toxic waste from Montecito. The beaches are currently CLOSED. Butterfly Beach and Hammond Beach are the two beaches that are open but with their ocean waters closed.
>>>That press release is from Jan 11 before they used all these beaches to dump mud and toxic waste from Montecito. The beaches are currently CLOSED. <<<
I dunno, at East Beach my understanding was that the beach is only closed where the creeks come into the ocean, like by where the East Beach Grill is/was. There is supposed to be buffer zone of 400' on both sides of the sediment that is on the beach and that area is marked off. One of my sons was at the Hyatt Centric this weekend and played volleyball at East Beach like he always does.
The dumping of cleared sediment isn't happening at East Beach, it is just the sediment that came down the creeks..... as I understand it.
Maybe if Locrian_47 gets a chance she can swing by and confirm.