Readers Write: Losing history
July 25, 2008
We are enjoying another summer at our favorite Tahoe destination, Sandy Beach Campground. With the destruction/development looming in the near future, we explored the entire North Shore and found nothing comparable to Sandy Beach. Both the state campground and Lake Forest campground in Tahoe City do not allow RVs over 20 feet and do not have water and electrical hook-ups. William Kent on the West Shore does have spaces for larger RVs, but it also has no hook-ups. No other campgrounds are located on the North Shore.
Sandy Beach is home to many of us for the entire summer season, year after year, with accommodations for large RVs, including water and electrical service. Home to many who live at S.B.C. in their RVs while working seasonal jobs in the area (the most affordable housing in Lake Tahoe).
S.B.C. is also a popular destination for young families and youth organizations ( i.e., the Habitat for Humanity bicycle group) we have enjoyed visiting with the large group of young adults each year who stay at S.B.C. for a few days as they bicycle their way from the East Coast to the West Coast.
Our children and grandchildren are given the opportunity to spend the entire summer at Lake Tahoe, and are always anxious to see the friends they have made over the years, again, a tradition started by our parents and grandparents when the old cabins were on the beach.
Having the freedom to stay for extended lengths of time (all the campgrounds have a 14-day limit) has allowed us the pleasure of becoming a large family neighborhood.
The proposed development will destroy not only another quaint, family oriented, historical landmark, but also the tradition so many families have enjoyed for generations.