Cuesta Inlet, near the end of Morro Bay, is for sale
An area known as Cuesta Inlet near the end of Morro Bay is up for sale.
Thirteen acres spread over three parcels of land are on the market for $1 million.
The region is particularly popular with kayakers.
“At one point we only had a dozen kayaks here,” said nearby resident Duane Smythe.
But year after year, these kayaks piled up. Now the view of Smythe is obstructed by kayaks stacked on top of each other.
“Over the years it just became a dumping ground,” Smythe said.
Kayaks aren’t the only sight obstructions. A number of Hobie Cats and boat trailers have also been left in the area over the years. Smythe says the number of boats in his garden detracts from the natural beauty of the area.
“I have to look at kayaks and old aluminum boats and things like that instead of herrings and egrets,” Smythe said.
The estate agent says he has heard mixed reviews about the public use of the property by neighboring residents.
“…I can’t find a place there for my boat, oh boy, I wish they would get rid of all those kayaks,” said Jack Franklin, owner and broker of Franklin Real Estate & Rentals .
Neighbors are also concerned that some people are using the land. They say homeless people and campers often hang around behind their homes.
“It’s a safety issue and an environmental issue. Where do these people go to the bathroom?” said Smythe.
Franklin says one of the three parcels is a zoned residential building site, meaning a buyer could potentially build a residence on the land.
“I see no reason why if the county were to issue building permits, this lot wouldn’t qualify,” Franklin said.
However, there is no water or sewer connection.
Local residents have created a group called “Save the Cuesta Inlet” to try to keep the land open for public use.
Franklin says he is negotiating with public and private interests and the property will go to the group that presents the first acceptable offer to the seller.
“Groups who want to buy it for the public to preserve, just like the state it’s in. I’m also negotiating with individuals to potentially expand it,” Franklin said.
Those interested in conserving Cuesta Inlet can find more information on how to do so on the group’s Facebook page.