Oceano is no different from any other beach town in that its most valuable asset is its beach. The same is true for Grover Beach and Pismo Beach. Vehicles driving on the beach prevent access to the beach by regular tourists, who do not want a Danger Zone. They want a Safe Beach.
The citizens of Pismo Beach banned vehicles from their beach. This documentary shows how Edith Schrader and the Beachwalkers turned a Danger Zone into a Safe Zone and Play Area for children. In 1979, the citizens of Pismo Beach voted overwhelmingly, by sixty eight percent, to get vehicles off its beach.
There were merchants and others who feared that the local economy would suffer if Pismo did not allow vehicles on its beach. They had no reason to fear, the economy improved significantly.
Grover Beach businesses on Grand Ave are changing. The types of businesses that support regular tourists are failing, and those who are automotive related are succeeding, especially atv rental and sales. Pismo has very few automotive related businesses, and is rather a tourist town. Pier Avenue in Oceano, on the other hand, is almost all automotive related. Both Oceano and Grover Beach recognize their greatest draw for regular tourists, who would support the local economy, is a safe beach. The tourists who shop, eat out, and pay bed tax to hotels and vacation rentals. do not find rows of atv rentals attractive. But mostly, the use of the beach by vehicles is dangerous. If we ban vehicles from Oceano Beach, our economy will improve, as Pismo's did.
This documentary is dedicated to the late Edith Schrader, a beachwalker, who would not stop until the vehicles were banned from Pismo Beach, and to the late Amanda Orme who would be alive today had she been on the beach in Pismo instead of Oceano.