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.
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Every day the waves break on the shore in San Diego. The swell direction conditions and size change. Sea level and tides change as well.
Solana Beach proposal could remove sea walls in coming decades – SignOnSanDiego.com By Jonathan Horn UNION-TRIBUNE Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 6 a.m. SOLANA BEACH
Shifting_Shorelines_Beach_Preservation_Blog This video illustrates the lost beach area when a seawall stops cliff retreat. Acres of beach have and will be lost in California. In
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