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Saving Sand
Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street

Our Del Mar beach’s future Plan, worked on by many committees in various forms in the past, is still in preliminary stages of implementation (see Mayor Haviland’s note below). With our troubled time, sand management plans that have already gone many rounds of debates and refinements now may linger longer in limbo.
Local sand can be available to replace losses through tidal gravity, dredging, offshore piping to or by bringing it in by truckloads. But, any solution faces a veritable obstacle course, a maze of agency approvals. The Coastal Development Permit review and approval for beach adaptation measures may be processed by the City of Del Mar through the Local Coastal Program (LCP) and/or by the California Coastal Commission, pursuant to the California Coastal Act. Additional approvals may be required from the US or California Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the California State Lands Commission, the US Coast Guard, the California Department of Boating and Waterways, and California Regional Water Quality Control Boards.

A report from Mayor Ellie Haviland:

“On Nov 18, 2019 we approved direction to staff to apply to the California Department of Boating and Waterways requesting approval of a public beach restoration grant in the amount of $150,000. The grant request is pending.

Earlier last June 17, 2019, we approved a Consultant Agreement with Moffatt & Nichol for the City of Del Mar’s Shoreline Management Program. They are working on SCOUP.

All our efforts to address sand management are time consuming, but the city is actively looking for funding and making plans for sand management.”



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