Why You Have Access to All Of Oregon’s Beaches

On July 6, 1967, Oregon Governor Tom McCall signed the Oregon Beach Bill ensuring that Oregon’s 363 miles of public beaches would always be public. The bill claimed public ownership of land along the Oregon Coast from the water up to sixteen vertical feet above the low tide mark. This summer, communities up and down the Oregon coastline are commemorating the 50th anniversary of this historic beach legislation. But it all started way back in 1911. At that time governor Oswald West worked to reclaim Oregon’s beaches as public land. The legislature favored the privatization of the beaches, but West argued successfully for public ownership based on the need for transportation. By 1913 the Oregon legislature declared the entire length of the ocean shore from Washington to California as a state highway. Nevertheless, by 1967, an enterprising motel owner in Cannon Beach found a loophole and closed off part of […]

Backstreet Gallery Exhibits in Florence Visitors Center!

NEW ART DISPLAY AT FLORENCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center, 290 Highway 101, features a different local artist each month. Their July display of local artistry features a variety of pieces from Backstreet Gallery. “Backstreet Gallery’s display fills the walls and counters of the Chamber’s Visitors Center with original paintings, photography, fiber art, pastels, ceramics, glass art, gourd enhancement, woodwork, and even books,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “The artists from Backstreet love to express their love of Florence and the Oregon Coast in their art work,” says Karen Nichols, Backstreet Gallery’s publicist. “To express this love, showing at the Chamber gives them a chance to promote tourism and economic growth in their community and brag a little about the beauty we have here in Florence through their art.” Backstreet Gallery features the work of local artists Stephanie Ames, Karen Nichols, Kristin Anderson, […]