Many low and middle-class people find it difficult to take beach vacation in California due to the high cost of lodging. A new bill, AB250, aims to address this problem by funneling coastal development fees toward building “inexpensive cabins, hostels and campgrounds along the coast.”
Part of the problem stems from the loss 25,000 ‘economy rate hotel rooms’ since 1989. In many cases, the economy rooms have been replaced by luxury accommodations or not at all.
The state has struggled to use the developer fees to build low cost accommodations. Under the bill, any funds that haven’t been used by 2018, would go toward building cabins, hostels and campgrounds.
The bill hopes to further one of the major goals of the 1976 Coast Act, which is maximize access to the beach for all Californians.