Private community hit with $5,000 fine for illegal removal of Lake Tahoe rocks |

Private community hit with $5,000 fine for illegal removal of Lake Tahoe rocks

Staff report

TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — The Martis Camp Club has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine after it illegally disturbed rocks along the North Lake Tahoe shoreline at its Martis Camp Beach property, officials announced last week.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board approved the settlement agreement on Dec. 16. According to a news release, the fine resolves the Club’s violation for unauthorized shoreline disturbance at the beach property at 6920 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe Vista.

“In August 2015, TRPA staff responded to a complaint regarding the unauthorized removal of shorezone rocks at the Martis Camp Beach property,” officials said in the news release. “TRPA inspectors found that Martis Camp Club had removed all of the rocks from the area to clear a path for residents to get in and out of the lake with their paddle boards and kayaks, because of the low water levels. About 50 yards of shoreline was impacted.”

The bistate TRPA’s Code of Ordinances prohibits removal of rock and earthen materials in the shorezone — except where TRPA finds such removal or rearrangement will benefit shorezone conditions, water quality and water clarity.

Following the Governing Board’s Dec. 16 approval, the penalty must be paid to TRPA within 30 days.

“Money from violation settlements is held in trust for special research studies and other directed purposes and is not used for general TRPA operating expenses,” according to the agency.

Located between Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, the Martis Camp Club is a 2,177-acre private, luxury community that offers various members-only benefits, including access to its Beach Shack property on more than an acre of land in Tahoe Vista.

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