September 1, 2014
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - Officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's Central Coast say they're closing one of the base's beaches for three weeks because of beach access violations during the breeding season of a threatened species of bird.
Col. Nina Armagno said Tuesday that Surf Beach will be closed from April 10 to May 1, and trespassers may face steep penalties for violations of federal law.
Other portions of the base's beaches close from spring to fall every year to help the Western Snowy Plovers recover their population.
Violators can be fined up to $50,000 or get a year in jail.
The beach will be closely monitored, and if there are continued violations, the public could be barred from the area entirely.
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