The purpose of CPOA shall be to protect and defend the rural and residential character, and to preserve the natural and aesthetic beauty of the Big Sur coast; to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the Big Sur Community; to encourage community service and otherwise act in the interests of the residents and property owners of the community.
CPOA is committed to a collaborative approach towards responsible land stewardship. CPOA believes that an effective partnership between private and public property owners is essential for a healthy and sustainable community.
The community of Big Sur is experiencing an unprecedented series of challenges. To aid those in need, CPOA is establishing the Big Sur Storm and Fire Relief Fund effective February 20th, 2017.
A significant number of moisture-laden storms are resulting in damage to areas affected by the Soberanes Fire of 2016, and drought-weakened vegetation and slopes throughout Big Sur. The rain has impacted our road ways causing the closure of sections of Highway 1, county roads and private roads effectively isolating over 400 members of our community. Tree root systems weakened by the fire and the drought are now falling, blocking roadways and in a recent case, destroying several family homes. The impact and the needs are unfolding daily. This fund will enable CPOA to provide immediate assistance to those impacted.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:CPOA is only accepting monetary donations. 100% of all donations go directly to those in need. Based on our experience with rebuilding after the 2008 and 2013 fire, we know that monetary donations enable those impacted to begin to rebuild their lives. Our board is made up of folks who live in the community and this allows us to work closely with those affected to ensure fair and equitable distribution of donor dollars.
CPOA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Should you wish to contribute please make a tax-deductible donation using Pay Pal.
Coast Property Owners Association
PO Box 59
Big Sur, CA 93920
Use the memo line on your check to specify if your donation is to go to a specific family or need.
Storm and Fire Damage
Impact to Employment
Impactos en el Empleo
Shared Road Damage
Many of us have friends and colleagues that have been impacted by the devastation in Big Sur. The Carmel Chamber will be highlighting ways to help! Here are a few:
CPOA held its annual community meeting via webinar, a first for our 50+ year-old organization. To see important updates from Congressman Panetta, State Senator Monning, Fire Chief Kastens and Goetz, Lance Gorman and Susana Cruz from Caltrans, and CPOA’s Board –
Click below to view notes from the meeting and to view the slide deck presented, and click below to visit Big Sur Kate’s blog with a detailed account of the meeting. .
Don Case and his family lost their beautiful hand-crafted home on Castro Ridge in the 2008 Basin Complex Fire. CPOA, with leadership from Mike Gilson, orchestrated a fund raiser for the family. CPOA then matched the funds raised providing a little over $60,000 that was placed in a fund to be drawn down on as materials were purchased. Mike Gilson, Arden Handshy and Rob Carver helped the family with the onerous permitting process. Other professionals in the community stepped up to provide the archeological documentation, structural work and more. And friends from up and down the Big Sur Coast donated their time to help build the Case Family's new home - old fashioned barn-raising style.
The family has had its share of challenges over these last 8 years. Family member Joyce Duffy did not live to see the project finished. Don's health has been a challenge as well. But the family stayed the course.
We have just been informed by Gabe Case, Don's son, that the building permit, issued 8 years ago, was finaled last week.
Congratulations Don and Gabe.
A 2008 ruling by the California Coastal Commission effectively broadened the definition of the "central maritime chaparral" plant community (CMC) and declared CMC to be environmentally sensitive habitat area (ESHA). This decision has the potential to dramatically affect a wide range of activities in the Big Sur coastal planning area...