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SURF BEACH CLOSED . WILL REOPEN OCT. 1

Release Number: 010615

Surf Beach will be closed from June 3 to Sept. 30 due to exceeding the maximum number of beach violations set to protect the nests of the federally-listed snowy plover.

Beach restrictions are enforced yearly on Wall, Minuteman and Surf beaches March 1 through Sept. 30, to coincide with the snowy plover's nesting season. If a pre-determined number of violations are detected, the beaches are to be closed for the remainder of the nesting season.

This week there were seven violations putting the number of violations on Surf Beach at 50, exceeding the designated number of violations.

As a federal agency, Vandenberg is required by the Federal Endangered Species Act not only to stop the decline of federally listed species, but also to actively aid in the recovery of those species.