Preventing coastal armoring unless it is justified by the Coastal Act and well mitigated.
In Solana Beach, there was an application to fill 90 feet of seacaves with supposedly “erodible” concrete as a way to protect two homes, which are not currently threatened from erosion (and thus not entitled to a seawall) in order to prevent a seawall in the future. After years of going round and round, the Coastal Commission finally denied the application, largely due to Surfrider’s advocacy. With the applicant unwilling to prove the material would erode before it was installed, the beach going public was at risk of ending up with a “defacto” seawall if the material does not perform as promised. Furthermore, as conditioned Surfrider saw this as potentially creating a loophole for bluff-top homeowners to secure a seawall when they would not otherwise be entitled, setting a very bad precedent. We were glad the Coastal Commission saw it our way in the end.
Relevant Posts & Updates
We’re down to the wire here – for over 10 years, Solana Beach has been without a Local Coastal Plan (LCP). Solana Beach is the
In March, the California Coastal Commission approved Solana Beach’s draft Local Coastal Plan (LCP), including a 20-year sunset clause on seawall permits and a timeline
Wednesday evening the Solana Beach City Council decided to continue working with Coastal Commission staff to resolve a few differences without changing the intent of
The Solana Beach City Council will be discussing whether or not to accept the changes made to their Local Coastal Plan (LCP) at the March
In March, we reported the California Coastal
Our chapter maintains two volunteer-led committees dedicated to issues related to the preservation of our coast. You can learn more about them by clicking below, or start HERE to get some background on Surfrider’s Coastal Preservation Initiative