Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Oceanside Harbor dredging falls short

I'm adding Jim's comment at the beginning because he's absolutely correct:

"The misconception that the shoreline must be maintined at the same location as in 1960 let alone as last year is the fundamental problem. Not a lack of sand. The rate of sand removal is greater than the rate of deposition even in a natural condition. With the harbor jetties and sea level rise, the rate of removal is even greater. The shoreline must move landward to compensate."

Oceanside Harbor dredging falls short in replenishing city beaches
North County Times-4/20/10

Oceanside's beaches are in such sorry shape this year that sand dredged from the city's harbor didn't go nearly as far is it usually does in making up for the ravages of winter storms.

In a typical year, sand dredged from the harbor every April by the Army Corps of Engineers is pumped onto city beaches as far south as Tyson Street Park, which is about three blocks south of Oceanside Municipal Pier, said Frank Quan, city harbor and beaches coordinator.

This week, as workers packed up their equipment, it became clear that the dredged sand only stretched as far as the pier.

"It's the first year I can ever recall that we didn't have dredged sand south of the pier," said John Daley, a lifelong Oceanside resident and founding member of the Oceanside Historical Society.

"It's just never happened, and I'm old enough to remember the beaches back to the '60s," said Daley, who has collected photographs going back to the 1880s showing the ebb and flow of beach sand.

...more at the NC Times

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Coast News Group - Fee structure plan for sea walls available

This is a great article on the fee study in Solana Beach for seawalls and how it will lead to seawall removal.

Coast News Group - Fee structure plan for sea walls available

SOLANA BEACH — A plan to help Solana Beach meet its goal of eliminating sea walls by 2081 is now available on the city website. Residents are encouraged to view and comment on the proposal, which requires bluff-top property owners who build shoreline protection devices to pay a fee.Sea walls, which are allowed in Solana Beach only under specific circumstances, prevent natural bluff erosion that creates beaches. The purpose of the fee is to compensate the public for that recreational loss of the beach. It is part of the city’s long-term shoreline protection management plan to preserve and enhance a safe beach for the public while protecting the rights of bluff-top property owners.

Read more at link above/below...

Coast News Group - Fee structure plan for sea walls available

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Survey Says: Children Do Not Count on the Beach

City's Consulants do not value a child's day at the beach.

The City of Solana Beach Draft Land Lease & Recreation Fee Report for 60 day comment period on April 14, 2010. The report is to be used to determine the lease for using public beaches and bluffs for the private purpose of building seawalls to protect private property.

The Staff Report from the Fee Study explains this rather well.

Simplistically, the fees are calculated by determining the beach attendance and how much one spends in travel time and use of the beach.

One major problem, the study did not use a child's day at the beach in figuring out the values. A child's day at the beach has no value.

It costs $325 to send each of my 2 kids to the beach for the awesome 20 day Solana Beach Junior Lifeguard Program, I wonder if a day at the beach is worth at least $325/20=16.25?

If I add the trip to Roberto's or Rubios to that it seems like we spend a lot more for kids going to the beach than 0?

Not to mention, they go to the beach a lot more than just for Junior Lifeguards.

The Consultants need some convincing. Send in your comments to them.

I will be bloggin more on this later.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

LA Times: Southern California beach erosion is worst in a decade,0,2223726.story

...In January and February, powerful swells, high tides and strong winds swept away tons of sand from the coastline, stealing as much as 30 to 40 feet of beachfront at some locations.

In the month or two since the El NiƱo-driven storms, coastal communities -- Laguna Beach, Malibu and Manhattan Beach among them -- have worked to patch the damage by making repairs and trucking in fresh sand, but some worry whether nature will return the sand as it has in the past.

The sand loss is a familiar phenomenon.

Shifting sand is part of a natural cycle that happens each year. Each spring, potent storm surges pull sand from the beaches out to sea. Over the summer, gentler waves gradually push it back ashore.

Periodically, beach cities throughout Southern California try to make up for the so-called sand deficit by pumping the material in from offshore.

Global warming and sea rise are contributing to the deterioration of beaches in the long term, scientists say, but those forces are not to blame for this spring's dramatic changes.

It's the exceptional level of damage this year that has been cause for alarm.