Meeting

2020/December

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Year 2020
Month December
Location Virtual
Description The Coastal Commission’s December meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, December 9 through Friday, December 11 with an additional Special Meeting on Thursday, December 17. The last meeting of the year resulted in several important votes. The Coastal Commission approved permits to retain shoreline armoring at Capistrano Beach and the Pacific Grove Coastal Trail. The Coastal Commission also concurred with a consistency determination for the Department of Navy’s Military Readiness Activities in the Point Mugu region. The Commission’s Special Meeting Local Government Public Workshop on Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning resulted in a fruitful discussion on action needed to advance sea level rise planning in 2021. The meeting resulted in one vote chart on the Capistrano Beach Interim Armoring Permit.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Capistrano Beach Interim Armoring Permit On Wednesday, the Coastal Commission considered a two to five year permit request by Orange County Parks for the installation of new sandcube and riprap armoring to protect a parking lot and bike path at Capistrano Beach County Park in Dana Point. Included in the application was also after-the -fact authorization for removal work authorized under multiple emergency permits that were previously granted in response to damage caused by winter storms and high tide events at Capistrano Beach. Between 2004 and 2020, eight emergency permits were issued to OC Parks for work at this location, six of which were issued within the last five years. Coastal Commission staff recommended approval for two years with the condition that no new riprap armoring is allowed. The Surfrider Foundation raised concerns with approval of the permit stating the history of misuse of the emergency permit system and the need for a comprehensive retreat and living shoreline approach rather than perpetuating the unsafe conditions that continue to increase beach erosion. Commissioners approved the permit for a one year duration, with the possibility of extension for another one year based on OC Parks’ progress towards a long term shoreline management plan. Red Dot.png


Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

December 2020 Meeting


Green Dot.png = Positive Conservation Vote         Red Dot.png = Negative Conservation Vote

Commissioner Capistrano Beach Interim Armoring Permit
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Bad Vote
Nl12c hart.jpg Caryl Hart Bad Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Bad Vote
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Bad Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Absent for Vote
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Absent for Vote
Rice.jpg Katie Rice Bad Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Good Vote
Mikewilson.png Mike Wilson Bad Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Good Vote
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Bad Vote