Shelter Cove, Pacifica, California
Shelter Cove is a 17-acre (6.9 ha) beach neighborhood at the southerly edge of Pacifica, California consisting of seventeen rustic rental cottages owned by Arno Rohloff since July 1997. Historically it was a recreational beach and popular San Francisco tourist destination–Shelter Cove was a picnic day stop along the Ocean Shore Railroad during its heyday, and later through the Prohibition Era up until the 1940s. A restaurant and bar, the Clipper Ship, operated at Shelter Cove for many years during this period. Ever since the access road washed out during a 1983 storm, this neighborhood and beach is accessible only by footpath or boat. Public access to the Shelter Cove beach from this road and footpath was closed in 1975.
The Shelter Cove beach has recently been a center of attention as result of a public beach access prescriptive easement complaint lodged with the California Coastal Commission. On March 19, 2008 the City of Pacifica filed a court action to force the maintenance of the footpath and hillside from risk of landslide. On January 20, 2009 the planning commission of Pacifica gave permission to Arno Rohloff to repair a staircase to the property since the footpath has fallen completely into the sea.
- "City of Pacifica Shelter Cove access lawsuit" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- Lafayette, Lenore. Shelter Cove The Early Years. Los Altos, Calif: Cherry Orchard Books, 1997. ISBN 0-9661779-9-1
- Hunter, Chris, and Bill Drake. Images of America Pacifica. Chicago, IL: Arcadia Pub, 2002
- Julia Scott (November 26, 2007). "Beach may be reclaimed for public use". InsideBayArea.com.
- City of Pacifica Planning Commission: http://www.cityofpacifica.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=3236
- Coastal Records Project photo.
- Pacifica Riptide, Shelter Cove.
- California Coastal Commission prescriptive easement application
- "Shelter Cove". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 19 January 1981. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
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