Despite the pandemic we continued to be effective this year in advocating for the protection and restoration of San Diego’s coastline.
We can’t name all of our activities or thank everyone individually, but know that we are so grateful for all of your tireless efforts – we couldn’t do any of this without you. Some notable victories from this year include:
We provided extensive comment on a proposed hotel development project on Del Mar’s bluffs. While we don’t oppose all blufftop development, this specific project had a fatally flawed draft environmental impact report that raised many concerns about the long term safety of the proposed hotel and the beach below.
Led by Stephanie, the committee published an excellent blog post about the True Cost of Armoring the beach.
Thanks to Tyler, we successfully appealed a decision by the Encinitas Planning Commission to approve a new home on the bluffs above Moonlight Beach. Read our original opposition letter to the Planning Commission as well as our request for an appeal to the Coastal Commission.
Thanks to Jim (Royer), we called out the Red Curb Bandit in La Jolla and caused a media storm that raised awareness about the impact of parking limitations on beach access.
Halei, along with editorial support from the committee, published a powerful Op-Ed in the San Diego Union Tribune: People of color were systematically denied fair access to public beaches. Here’s how to fix that.
Committee members Lance, Gary, Tyler, and Jim (Jaffee) provided online training about the Coastal Act and Coastal Commission as part of our Chapter’s quarterly meeting. Read more to watch the training.
We prevented the construction of a seawall in Solana Beach in front of 245 Pacific Ave. These property owners have been trying different tactics for years to get a seawall, despite a deed restriction preventing them from having a sea wall. The Coastal Commission sided with our opposition of this project in September.
We fought the North County District’s sneaky attempt to bypass local and state environmental review by submitting a letter to the National Surface Transportation Board. While this fight isn’t over yet, the proceedings in front of the STB have been temporarily put on hold while the NCTD discusses the issue further with the city of Del Mar and the California Coastal Commission.
We work tirelessly to preserve & restore San Diego County’s natural beaches, wavecut platforms, nearshore environment & sandstone bluffs.