Clothing optional beaches to be viewed by TRPA |

Clothing optional beaches to be viewed by TRPA

by Emily Aughinbaugh

Ecologically sensitive solutions to access the pristine and clothing-optional East Shore beaches will be discussed this week.

The Tahoe Transportation District is scheduled to address proposed erosion control projects along State Route 28, where posts will be put in place to limit parking.

District members reviewed an extensive East Shore access plan in January, which included the initial construction of 117 paved parking spaces along the scenic corridor and an expansion of U.S. Forest Service parking lots from 58 to 103 spaces.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe quickly put a stop to expansion talks and asked that a 1999 Memorandum of Intent be honored, in which the main goal of an East Shore access plan was to eliminate roadside parking.

Stakeholders – including the League, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Tahoe Area Naturists – met earlier this year to engage in dialogue of how to obtain a happy medium between appropriate levels of access and environmental preservation.

Although the drafting of a definitive plan is not in sight, Richard Wiggins, TRPA’s transportation division chief, said the group is making progress.

“We’re still struggling with parking lot issues,” he said. “But we feel that it’s going in the right direction.”

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