Lunada Bay will be monitored by police cameras and patrolled by park rangers from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy this winter, starting “sometime after Jan. 1,” according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Someday the righthander in Palos Verdes Estates could be monitored by drones, city officials said. But for now, the surf spot infamous for being unwelcoming to outsiders will receive cameras on the bluff top and shoreline “monitored exclusively by police and mounted without any poles or visible equipment.”
Making the cameras discreet is probably a good idea considering that equipment used by contractors to demolish the illegal stone fort on the shore recently was vandalized and set on fire.
City officials apparently have not been more specific about the cameras, park ranger patrols or other means of monitoring the bay. “We’re looking at all aspects of that possibility — vendors, locations, systems, features — we’re looking at everything,” Kepley told the Press-Telegram. “The problem is there’s lots of technology on the marketplace, and it takes a little time to process through what solution best fits our needs.”
The plans come after a year of headaches for city officials charged with policing the bay, long known to surfers for being the domain of locals quick to harass outsiders for surfing the righthand point. Nearly a year ago the localism came to a head when two surfers filed a class action lawsuit alleging that city officials have turned a blind eye to the harassment, which has the effect of preventing the public from using the beach. The California Coastal Commission stepped in to demand that the city remove an illegal stone fort that has stood on the bay’s shore for decades.