‘Tahoe is being thrashed’: Lake Tahoe residents lament influx of visitors amid pandemic

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — South Lake Tahoe residents fed up with the trash-littered beaches and the constant stream of tourists flowing into Lake Tahoe despite the pandemic plan to protest this weekend to demand officials do more to handle the influx of visitors.

Josh Lease, a 20-year resident, tells the Tahoe Daily Tribune he wrote a Facebook post last week to vent about city officials not properly handling tourism and the traffic issues that come with it.

“Tahoe is being thrashed,” Lease said.

He said he wrote the post to see if others shared his frustrations and found out many people do. Now, protests are planned for Friday afternoon and Sunday morning at five locations — Truckee, Tahoe City, Meyers, Incline Village and Kings Beach.

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Other parks and recreation areas in the state have also seen an influx since the state’s stay-home order began in March, curtailing businesses and activities, which largely remain outdoors. Some counties have even launched in-state tourism campaigns.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that California, with nearly 600,000 confirmed cases, is making progress in the rate of virus transmission and hospitalizations because people are largely adhering to rules requiring people to wear masks and keep their distance. Still, officials reported another 160 deaths Thursday.

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