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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- As of today, less than one month into Snowy Plover nesting season, Surf Beach has already experienced 26 violations. Only 50 violations are allowed for the entire season. To protect the Snowy Plovers, the violations will continue to be monitored. When 30 violations are reached Surf Beach will be closed until Memorial Day weekend.

"By closing Surf Beach at 30 violations now, we hope to allow the community the chance to enjoy the beach during the summer months," said Col. Chris Moss, 30th Space Wing commander. "We know how important beach access is to the base and the community, so I ask all of our community members to follow the guidelines, stay out of the areas that are designated for Plover Nesting and keep the violations down so the beach can remain open."

Beach restrictions are enforced yearly on Wall, Minuteman and Surf beaches March 1 through Sept. 30, to coincide with the snowy plover's nesting season. If a pre-determined number of violations are detected, the beaches are to be closed for the remainder of the nesting season to protect the nests of the federally-listed Snowy Plover.