The mission of the Yachats Academy of Arts & Sciences is to provide educational and entertainment opportunities for people on the central Oregon coast. Sponsored by the Friends of the Yachats Commons, we encourage the residents of the village of Yachats, Oregon to work with Academy board members to organize those events that they judge to be most enjoyable.
How did Oregon establish and protect its unique legacy of publicly owned beaches that are free to use? What do free beaches mean for the cultural life of the state? What do free beaches mean to you? What are we doing to preserve and celebrate that legacy today?Join publisher, author, educator and beach fanatic Matt Love for an interactive and spirited multi-media presentation on the inspiring story of Oregonâ€™s famous 1967 Beach Bill at the Yachats Common on Sunday, July 31, 2:00 PM. There is no admission charge for this presentation, but a $5,00 donation would help with publicity expenses. The presentation is sponsored by the Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences.
â€œThis sone of the most heroic and exciting stories of modern Oregon history, said Love, â€œAnd itâ€™s been my pleasure over the years to bring it to the Oregon people and remind them how a previous generation won a great victory for the people that enhances our lives today.â€
The legacy began in 1913, when Oregon GovernorWest signed into law a66-word that declared the wet sand areas of the stateâ€™s ocean beaches a public highway. He later wrote, â€œNo local selfish interest shall be permitted through politics or otherwise, to destroy or impair this great birthright of our people.â€ He was referring to the stateâ€™s ocean beaches.
In 1966, the looming threat of privatization of the dry sand areas of the beaches imperiled the legacy. In response to a great public outcry, a bipartisan Oregon legislature passed the famous Beach Bill after it nearly died in committee. The legislation was resurrected by the indefatigable effort of citizens, courageous politicians and journalists calling attention to the threat. Signed into law by Governor Tom McCall in 1967, the Beach Bill protected the publicâ€™s right to the use the dry sand areas where Oregonians had done so for time immortal and cemented Oregonâ€™s special relationship with its ocean beaches - forever.
At the conclusion of his presentation, Love will read an excerpt from his detective novel about Oregonâ€™s beaches titled The Great Birthright, discuss to looming 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill on July 7, 2017, and recruit citizens to become involved in the celebration. â€œMy goal on that sacred day is to assemble the largest public gathering in celebration of a piece of legislation in Oregon history,â€ said Love, â€œand I mean assemble on the beaches all down the Oregon Coast and party.â€
Matt Love is the author/editor of 14 books about Oregon and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. Love lives in Astoria.