Their are plans to move forward with an effort to create a National Marine Sanctuary for the waters off the coastlines of San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties, following a federal rejection of the nomination earlier this month.
The Northern Chumash Tribal Council would like to preserve the area sandwiched between the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands sanctuaries. The proposed area would be called the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.
Rain showers are expected to hit the Central Coast Friday and continue through the weekend. Totals will vary greatly throughout the area with most of the rain falling to the north, possibly up to three inches.
Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties can expect steady rain over the next few days said Joe Sirard, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard. He said that urban runoff and minor flooding will be possible, mainly on Saturday.
Central Coast scientists are seeing a number of species show up along the California coast, far north of their usual range. One of these animals is the Hopkins' Rose nudibranch, a pink sea slug.
Jeff Goddard, a project scientist at the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Intstitute says the Rose nudibranchs are normally found in Southern California, but last year's warmer ocean conditions may have pushed them north.
Volunteers are set to record thousands of images of the California Coast next week as the highest tides of the year are expected to hit the area on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The volunteers are part of an effort to help people visualize how sea level rise will impact the lives of coastal Californians. It's called the California King Tides Project, and Central Coast representatives are on board to help document the event.
California Sea Otters are among the threatened species fighting for their right to live. Their most staunch ally is the 'Friends of the Sea Otter' organization. Donna Cheek speaks with Advocacy Program Director, Jim Curland about the issues that jeopardize sea otters on the Central Coast of California.
The San Luis Obispo City Council adopted new standards for short-term homestay rentals Tuesday night, allowing use of this type of rental within the city.
These are rentals occupied for less than 30 days. A major distinction between homestay rentals and vacation rentals is homestay rentals require the owner to prove they live there. Vacation rentals are still prohibited in neighborhoods for which they are not zoned.
The ordinance also requires one additional parking space, two rooms and that a responsible party must only be a 15 minute drive away.
The weekend before Christmas is among the busiest airport travel days of the year with crowded flights at all Central Coast airports, including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara.
Friday evening, the FAA showed delays into San Francisco of more than two hours because of low clouds. Flights heading connecting through SFO from the regional airports were affected.
In addition to the weather delays, there is also a pilot shortage issue affecting Central Coast airports.
In addition to the strong winds and significant rain expected Thursday and Friday, the Central Coast is likely to get hit was some very heavy surf.
The National Weather Service says western-facing beaches are most at risk from a major swell arriving late Thursday night and continuing through Saturday. Forecasters expect serious beach erosion because of the duration of the event.
Waves as high as 25 feet could be possible in some areas, and it's predicted that jetties and sea walls could be breached during periods of high tide.
Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for food banks on the Central Coast as they work to satisfy holiday needs while maintaining the daily service they provide throughout the year.
Locally, statistics show as many as one in four people suffer from food insecurity, with a large number of these being children and seniors. To help combat this, Food Banks function as a hub, partnering with hundreds of organizations to distribute food to the various regions.
During this time of year, food banks see a spike in donations of both food and money.