There’s something to celebrate about Oregon’s beautiful—and singularly protected—beaches. Over half a century ago, Oregon’s Beach Bill, signed into law on July 6, 1967, safeguarded beaches from development, allowing them to be entirely free and open to the public.
But it easily could have been a different story. When lawmakers first introduced it, the bill faced steep opposition from private developers. Fortunately, a few individuals alerted Oregonians to what they stood to lose, which helped turn a trickle of public support into a tidal wave. After months of debate, the bill was finally signed into law.
And so it is that today, over 50 years later, Oregonians and visitors from all over the world can continue to explore Oregon’s beloved beaches. Take a stroll, hunt for agates, dip your toes in the sand—and know this beach is yours and mine and everyone’s to treasure and protect, forever. Now that is something to celebrate.