VIDEO. From the Half Moon Bay City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 at 7:00pm by Zoom.
Brad Damitz, Consultant to San Mateo County Harbor District.
Adopt a resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a letter to the California Coastal Commission in support of a consolidated Coastal Development Permit (CDP) application for the Surfers Beach Pilot Sand Replenishment Project filed by the San Mateo County Harbor District (District) and further requesting the California Coastal Commission assume the lead agency role.
Surfers Beach has suffered from significant beach and bluff erosion attributed, in large part, to the construction of the Pillar Point Harbor (PPH) East Breakwater, completed in 1961. This erosion of the beach and bluffs extending south of the harbor has been a source of concern over the past several decades. A recent Army Corps of Engineers study concluded that the bluffs along Surfers Beach eroded at an average rate of 1.64 feet per year between 1993 and 2012. This erosion rate was determined to be approximately seven times higher than the rate of erosion at a geologically similar stretch of shoreline further down the coast. Powerful storms during recent winter seasons have resulted in even more severe erosion, causing major threats to Highway 1, Mirada Road, the California Coastal Trail and other coastal infrastructure, and requiring emergency repairs by Caltrans and the County of San Mateo.
The need for a project to address coastal erosion at Surfers Beach has been long been acknowledged by community members as well as various State, federal and local regulatory agencies. The District met with City staff some years ago and have been updating staff as the project has progressed.
The Surfers Beach project is a recommended activity in the Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan for the Santa Cruz Littoral Cell, which was developed for the California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with local stakeholders.
Additionally, Surfers Beach was identified as a Beach Erosion Concern Area within the CSMW’s California Beach Erosion Assessment Survey, which attempts to identify coastal erosion locations of high priority to jurisdictional agencies.
Full 6/21/2022 Agenda ReportSTAFF_REPORT (14)
From the San Mateo County Harbor District website.
Beach Project cost estimate $2.9M to $3.6M.
Eelgrass restoration is an additional $1.8.
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