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Big Sur Locals Frustrated With Influx Of Sightseer To ‘Big Little Lies’ Bridge

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Northern California’s stunning Monterey County is home to some of “the worlds largest” iconic vistas in the country. But for numerous local residents, that comes with the price of sluggish congestion and an influx of Instagramming sightseers along only part of Highway 1.

Tourists in recent months have descended with particular craze on Big Sur, where Bixby Creek Bridge is located. The 87 -year-old bridge is put forward in the opening recognitions of HBO’s “Big Little Lies .~ ATAGEND

Bixby Bridge features in the “Big Little Lies” opening credits.

On the Fourth of July, a video posted to Vimeo pictured a three-mile long traffic jam leading up to the bridge. At a scenic overlook, guests had parked haphazardly along the shoulder and went casually back and forth across the highway to, probably, capture the perfect photo to post online.

“The barrier between appropriate and inappropriate behavior … has defrosted away in a lot of ways and I think that is a result of normalizing things” via social media, ” Butch Kromland, a representative for the Community Association of Big Sur, told KSBW in a recent interview.

Less than a week after the video was taken, a group called “Take Back Big Sur” hung a sign over the side of the connection learn: “Overtourism is killing Big Sur.” An Instagram page with the refer “Big Sur Educates You” shared photos of the banner, announcing it “brilliant.”

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A pole shared by Big Sur Educates You (@ bigsureducates ) on Jul 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm PDT

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office immediately removed the signaling, which the California Department of Transportation said hadn’t been situated with the requirement of permits.

“Caltrans has the responsibility for the safety of the traveling public along this well-traveled corridor, ” Jim Shivers, a spokesman for the department, told the Los Angeles Times. “In the interest of public safety, it is essential there are not unregulated or unapproved signage or flags within the state right-of-way, which could prove to be a distraction to the public.”

Big Sur falls within a dazzling 100 -mile stretch of Highway 1 along the California coast that, according to estimates from Caltrans, attracts roughly 5.8 million tourists annually.

Tourism in the region has grown significantly over the last decade, and much of it has been positive.

“The popularity of season one of’ Big Little Lies’ among guests had a huge impact on neighbourhood businesses and the economy of Monterey County, ” Tammy Blount-Canavan, the chairperson of the local visitors bureau, told Travel Pulse in May. “And formerly the appearance aired, the elegant backdrop inspired people to visit.”

But numerous local residents and officials are frustrated.

“There’s been an increase in negative impacts and poor visitor behavior that’s being felt by the community, ” John Olejnik, a Caltrans transportation planner, told the Times.

As Monterey County Supervisor Mary Adams said in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News last year, many visitors aren’t considering the region “with the respect that it deserves.”

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