One of the many, many reasons we love Oregon!
Today—February 13, 2013—marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of Senate Bill 22, sometimes called the Open Beaches Act. The bill was put forward by Governor Oswald West during the 27th session of the Oregon legislative assembly back in 1913. It was a time when the future of Oregon’s shore was as cloudy as the weather. Almost 25 miles of beachfront property had already been sold on the north coast, yet people depended upon the beaches to travel the rugged headlands.
West, who was a staunch defender of public land ownership, drafted a bill to address the issue. It stated,
“The shore of the Pacific Ocean, between ordinary high tide and extreme low tide, and from the Columbia River on the north to the Oregon and California State line on the south, excepting such portion or portions of such shore as may have heretofore been disposed of by…
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