Shore up SoCal coastal bluffs to make local beaches safe again for all
by supporting SB1090 legislation
we put our beach safety
back in the hands of
Diane B Korsh
John Patrick Davis
Marcy A Pohl
Elizabeth I Bauer
SoCal Bluff Alliance Mission:
To shore up Southern California’s coastal bluffs and make our local beaches safe and accessible for all! The California Coastal Commission is failing us. How many more lives must be lost before we stand up as a community? Together we can make a difference. JOIN US and help get SB 1090 Legislation passed by the State of California.
Charlie McDermott’s Response to Surfrider– READ HERE
SB 1090: Protecting the public in coastal hazard zones
Coastal erosion has wreaked havoc on communities along Southern California’s coastline as increasing amounts of coastal bluffs are collapsing onto our beaches. The current CA coastal management strategy does not prioritize erosion mitigation, instead it actually enables bluff slides, failures, erosion, and collapses that will continue to kill people on our beaches and prohibit public access. Millions of people visit the beaches in this region each year but are forced to sit at the base of dangerous bluffs due to the lack of sand replenishment and minimal beach area during mid to high tides.
This issue has risen to a critical level in the Counties of Orange and San Diego. In August of 2019 at Grandview Beach in Encinitas, California, an oceanfront bluff suddenly collapsed and killed three members of the Davis family who had gathered to celebrate one of the victim’s victory over breast cancer. This local tragedy followed similar preventable bluff collapse fatalities in 1995, 2000, 2002, and 2008.
SB 1090 Legislation requires the Coastal Commission to grant permits to cities, counties, state agencies, and existing oceanfront homeowners in San Diego and Orange Counties enabling the installation of drainage systems, erosion resistant landscaping, retaining walls, notch infills and/or seawalls in coastal hazard zones to mitigate coastal erosion and prevent future fatalities on public beaches.
Dr. Davis and I grew up surfing in CA and greatly appreciate the natural beauty of the coast and we respect the intent of the California Coastal Act of 1976. Thus SB 1090 is limited to southern CA hazard zones and it is specifically NOT applicable to enable new development. SB1090 allows the responsible party for any coastal parcel (public or private) to remove hazardous vegetation, install/repair drainage, install/repair retaining walls, notch infills and seawalls through a clear permitting process with sand mitigation fees and the use of only CA CC compliant species, materials, and engineering. SB-1090 will make our beaches safer for everyone, will not utilize any taxpayer funds, and requires a $25,000 per permit sand replenishment tax.
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