Slow-burning plans to build a bridge at the often washed-out Gaviota State Park creek crossing near Hollister Ranch were dealt yet another blow last week when the Coastal Commission decided to hold off a ruling on the matter until a public hearing later this summer. Though the county-designed $3.9 million project has been approved by county supervisors and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, appeals of protest have been filed by the state Parks Department, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and local organizations such as the Gaviota Conservancy and the Urban Creeks Council. Opponents say the elevated bridge and associated several hundred foot-long rock and dirt embankment will have adverse effects on the creek, and the project should be moved north to a narrower area of the creek.

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