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Yes, it is a rescue boat that lives in the Whaler's Cove parking lot. It would be very easy to ID any boats and I'm sure there are legal penalties. If there weren't boats would already be encroaching into the park.
Personally I don't see this as a revenue issue. Even if they have full reservations at 15 teams a day (which they only have on weekends) that is only an extra $300/day. In the whole scheme of things that is peanuts for the Park Service.
Do I like it anymore than anyone else so far. Not at all. Will I boycott Pt. Lobos as a result? Probably not. An extra $10 once or even twice a month to dive there isn't going to break my bank.
If you 've noticed Bob how they've roped off many/most of the state access points and parks along the coast. I'll start with Russian Gulch in Son. Co. Then top of the hill at the overlook (and a convenient head to use) , the campground right after Pedotti's, Stump Beach, Fisk Mill, all shut down because they can't staff enough people to go into those places and "patrol" it. We already payed for those places many times over. What right do they have to close public lands like that. If it's all about sevicing the pit toilets then lock them up, but don't keep us out of there. So far they haven't done much about going into the closed parks to tell fence jumpers to leave. Their probably too lazy to get out of their trucks. If you notice there are always a bunch of cars parked along the road to hike in, but why can't we just drive in?I'm with Eric. pitchforks and torches. It seems that the state of cal and the usgvt has lately been in the business of keeping the public out of public lands. Taxes in ca cant be raised without a vote so fees are the new tax. Personally, since this crowd of legislators and associated bureaucracy shows no sign of changing, I'm looking for another place to live and may be have the money to come back to and afford to pay the fees to see the places, that once, I could walk through for free.
Power to the people my a**.
In what way have the dive rules tightened up?