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Pro-Coast Outcome
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Anti-Coast Outcome

All Issues

Rio Del Mar Beach Island HOA - Cease and Desist
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Meeting Date:

December 13, 2023

U.S./Mexico Border Pollution Correspondence
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Meeting Date:

November 15, 2023

Pacific Grove Sewage Infrastructure Upgrades
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Meeting Date:

November 15, 2023

Oceanside Revetment Repairs
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Meeting Date:

October 11, 2023

On Thursday, the Commission approved a permit for the repair of an approximately 700 foot-long rock revetment fronting 19 residential lots along South Pacific Avenue in Oceanside.

Pleasure Point Drive Joint Seawall
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Meeting Date:

September 13, 2023

The Commission approved a joint seawall application for three neighboring properties along Pleasure Point Drive in Santa Cruz.

Pillar Point Sand Restoration Project
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Meeting Date:

September 13, 2023

The Commission approved a sand restoration project at Surfers Beach in Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay.

Paradise Point Public Access Violations
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Meeting Date:

September 13, 2023

The Coastal Commission’s enforcement division issued a consent cease and desist and administrative penalty action against Paradise Point Resort before the Commission.

Manhattan Beach Coastal Hazards Plan Update
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Meeting Date:

August 1, 2023

The Commission approved the City of Manhattan Beach’s local coastal program update for coastal hazards with staff’s suggested modifications. Manhattan Beach faces climate change and sea level rise vulnerability over the coming decades - especially with public infrastructure, storm drain outfalls and sewer lines. To plan for coastal resiliency, the City includes an emphasis on nature based adaptation measures, protection of public access, recreation and sensitive coastal resources and inclusionary public participation processes. Coastal Commission staff suggested two modifications to clarify the City’s citywide beach dune restoration program could evaluate other “soft” solutions such as living shoreline projects in the future. The other modification clarifies that the beach dune stabilization program will use native Southern California coastal dune plant species. The Commission approved the LCP update unanimously.

Malibu Beach Access - Escondido Beach
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Meeting Date:

June 1, 2023

After a 40-year battle, improved public access to Escondido Beach in Malibu has been secured. The Commission and State Coastal Conservancy collaborated to resolve a long standing dispute with Malibu homeowners, who had obstructed beach access through evading their responsibility to provide a public accessway. The violators agreed to fully fund and construct a beach accessway, as intended by the Commission's 1978 permit allowing development of the area, to mitigate the loss of public access. The estimated value of the resolution, including the Trust's construction costs and Mancuso's penalties, is over $4 million, providing faster construction and a more navigable path to the beach than would otherwise be realized if the violators had not collaborated. This resolution will result in several free beach access parking spaces being provided along the Pacific Coast Highway and a new beach access trail.

SB 423 - streamlined housing approvals
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Meeting Date:

June 1, 2023

As of the June meeting, SB 423 would repeal the provision in existing law that precludes the streamlined approval process from applying in the coastal zone for multi-family housing projects. It would allow development in wetlands or critical habitat for listed species if development has been authorized by federal or other state law and would undermine Coastal Commission authority. Surfrider and a coalition of other NGOs are also opposing the bill unless this aspect of the bill is amended.

Opal Cliffs New Blufftop House with Seawall
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Meeting Date:

May 1, 2023

The Coastal Commission denied a County of Santa Cruz permit for the demolition of a home at Opal Cliffs Drive and construction of a new 8,200 square foot house reliant on a shoreline armoring structure...

Pacifica Surf Schools
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Meeting Date:

May 1, 2023

The Coastal Commission unanimously voted to approve the passage of the City of Pacifica’s Coastal Development Permit (CDP), fully authorizing a reformed surf school permitting program at Linda Mar Beach...

Public Trust Guiding Principles and Action Plan
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Meeting Date:

May 1, 2023

The Coastal Commission voted unanimously to approve its Public Trust Guiding Principles and Action Plan, which includes ten principles and actions that outline how the Commission views the Coastal Act in addressing threats to public trust resources caused by sea level rise and related decision making...

Private Bluff Fence in Laguna Beach
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Meeting Date:

April 1, 2023

The Commission denied a City of Laguna Beach permit on appeal for a perimeter fence on a residential coastal bluff lot off of Coast Highway. The chainlink fence was constructed around the property and down along the bluff face, ten feet from the public beach.

Temescal Ridge Trail Reopened
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Meeting Date:

April 1, 2023

On Thursday, the Commission approved a cease and desist order for Coastal Act violations at the Temescal Ridge Trailhead in Los Angeles County...

Geoffrey Drive Seawall
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Meeting Date:

March 1, 2023

The Coastal Commission found ‘substantial issue’ with a Santa Cruz County coastal development permit (CDP) for shoreline armoring and drainage infrastructure at the Black’s Point Beach portion of Twin Lakes State Beach fronting Geoffrey Drive...

Blufftop House in Muir Beach
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Meeting Date:

February 1, 2023

On Friday, the Commission heard an application for a new 3,000 sq.ft. home, septic system protected by buried piers, fronted by unpermitted armoring, on vacant bluff-face property in Muir Beach, Marin County...

Grossman Seawall in Pismo Beach
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Meeting Date:

February 1, 2023

An applicant was approved for shoreline armoring to protect their existing, pre Coastal Act home in the Sunset Palisades area of Pismo Beach...

California American Water Desalination Facility
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Meeting Date:

November 1, 2022

The Coastal Commission approved a coastal development permit for California American Water to construct and operate a 4.8 million-gallon-per-day (MGD) desalination facility in Marina...

Capistrano Beach Park Nature Based Project and Seawall
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Meeting Date:

November 1, 2022

The Coastal Commission approved Orange County Parks’ interim plan to address severe erosion at Capistrano Beach County Park...

Newport Beach Confined Aquatic Disposal Facility
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Meeting Date:

October 1, 2022

The City of Newport Beach applied to construct a confined aquatic disposal (CAD) site in Newport Harbor and perform beach replenishment in Newport Beach...

Santa Cruz County LCP Update
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Meeting Date:

October 1, 2022

Santa Cruz County’s local coastal program update for coastal hazards came before the Commission despite never having completed a vulnerability assessment or technical review of the sea level rise threats facing the County’s 32 miles of coastline...

Arcata Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project
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Meeting Date:

September 1, 2022

The Commission approved the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Facility improvement project. The facility is located on the edge of Arcata Bay in an area consisting of former tidelands and there is sensitive habitat on site...

Point Reyes National Seashore Water Quality Strategy
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Meeting Date:

September 1, 2022

The Commission approved the National Park Service’s Water Quality Strategy for Point Reyes National Seashore. The strategy was required to be completed as part of the Park’s General Management Plan, which was approved in April 2021...

Reservation Ranch Restoration - Del Norte County
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Meeting Date:

July 1, 2022

On Thursday, the Commission’s enforcement division brought forth a consent cease and desist order regarding unpermitted development in and around tidal sloughs that flow through a property near the mouth of the Smith River known as Reservation Ranch in Del Norte County...

Cayucos Blufftop Redevelopment
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Meeting Date:

June 1, 2022

On Friday, the Commission narrowly approved construction of a new blufftop residence in Cayucos that would rely on an existing riprap seawall. The new home would replace an existing home and more than triple the size...

Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization
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Meeting Date:

June 1, 2022

On Wednesday, the Coastal Commission approved a major public works project proposed by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to construct bluff stabilization structures and over half a mile of seawall along the Del Mar Bluffs to protect the blufftop railway...

Brookfield-Poseidon Huntington Beach Desalination Plant
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Meeting Date:

May 1, 2022

On Thursday, the Coastal Commission voted in concurrence with the staff recommendation to deny the Brookfield-Poseidon Huntington Beach desalination plant. Poseidon proposed to construct and operate a seawater desalination plant using open ocean seawater intake pipe to produce 50 million gallons per day of potable water - what would be one of the largest in the nation...

Children’s Pool Seasonal Beach Closure
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Meeting Date:

April 1, 2022

The Coastal Commission voted to approve a seasonal closure of Point La Jolla bluffs during California sea lion pupping season from May 25 to September 15, including installation of a K-rail barrier to create an ocean access path to Boomer Beach...

Dockweiler Beach Storm Drain Structure Rebuild
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Meeting Date:

April 1, 2022

On Wednesday, the Commission approved an application by Los Angeles County to reconstruct a 380 ft. long x 11 ft. wide x 9 ft. high reinforced concrete storm drain box on the beach at Dockweiler State Beach seaward of Sandpiper Street...

Humboldt Wind Energy Area Lease Sale
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Meeting Date:

April 1, 2022

On Thursday, the Commission voted to approve a Consistency Determination for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) leasing activities associated with future offshore wind development in the Humboldt Wind Energy Area, located in federal waters approximately 21 miles offshore of Eureka...

New House on Broad Beach - Klein
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Meeting Date:

February 1, 2022

On Wednesday, the Commission heard an appeal of a City of Malibu issued CDP for a new home development by Klein Family Partnership. The proposed project would demolish an existing home on Broad Beach, remove unpermitted accessory structures including a concrete patio, stairs and lawn area, and construct a new 5,700+ sq.ft. single-family home...

Santa Cruz Rail Trail - Nighttime Closure
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Meeting Date:

December 1, 2021

On Thursday, the Coastal Commission approved a consistency determination for a proposed 7.5 mile multi-use pedestrian trail that will run from Wilder Ranch State Park to Davenport in Santa Cruz County along the railroad corridor...

Santa Cruz Rail Trail - Seawall
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Meeting Date:

December 1, 2021

On Thursday, the Coastal Commission approved a consistency determination for a proposed 7.5 mile multi-use pedestrian trail that will run from Wilder Ranch State Park to Davenport in Santa Cruz County along the railroad corridor...

Critical Infrastructure Guidance
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Meeting Date:

November 1, 2021

The Coastal Commission adopted Critical Infrastructure at Risk: Sea Level Rise Planning Guidance for California’s Coastal Zone – new state guidance to help local jurisdictions plan and adapt critical water and transportation infrastructure to climate change hazards and sea level rise...

Ocean Rainforest
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Meeting Date:

October 1, 2021

Ocean Rainforest, Inc. submitted a consistency certification request to temporarily install and operate a demonstration seaweed aquaculture facility on an 86-acre site in federal waters approximately 4.4 nautical miles offshore of Santa Barbara...

Campland and Mission Bay RV Resort - Public Access Enforcement
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Meeting Date:

September 1, 2021

On Thursday, Coastal Commission staff presented the ongoing public access violations at Campland and the Mission Bay RV Resort that have been effectively privatizing bay beaches. The violations effectively walled off public beaches and included documented cases of asking people to move...

Morro Bay LUP Update
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Meeting Date:

August 1, 2021

On Thursday, the Coastal Commission enthusiastically approved the City of Morro Bay’s comprehensive local coastal program update. The update was several years in the making and was approved with complete concurrence between Commission and City staff...

Capistrano Shores Mobile Home Park - Vote
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Meeting Date:

May 1, 2021

On Wednesday, the Coastal Commission considered the application for construction of a new mobile home at Capistrano Shores Mobile Home Park, which was pulled from February’s consent agenda at the Surfrider Foundation’s request...

Mirada Bridge Rebuild - Half Moon Bay
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Meeting Date:

May 1, 2021

The Coastal Commission approved the San Mateo County Department of Public Works (DPW) application to replace the Mirada Road coastal trail bridge at the same location over Arroyo de en Medio Creek along with coastal armoring...

Oceano Dunes State Park OHV Use - Amendment
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Meeting Date:

April 18, 2021

California State Parks operates the nearly 5,000-acre Oceano Dunes State Park in San Luis Obispo County. It is the only State Park in California where vehicles (including off highway vehicles, or OHVs) are allowed on the beach and dunes...

Oceano Dunes State Park OHV Use - Approval
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Meeting Date:

April 18, 2021

California State Parks operates the nearly 5,000-acre Oceano Dunes State Park in San Luis Obispo County. It is the only State Park in California where vehicles (including off highway vehicles, or OHVs) are allowed on the beach and dunes...

Pacifica Mixed Use Development in ESHA
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Meeting Date:

April 18, 2021

An applicant proposed new mixed-use development on an empty lot on San Pedro Avenue in Pacifica. The development would consist of several buildings including a surf shop, office, storage and residential units, as well as a skate park and parking lot...

Belmont Beach Aquatic Center
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Meeting Date:

February 1, 2021

On Thursday, the Coastal Commission approved an appeal of a City of Long Beach coastal development permit for construction of a swimming pool complex with indoor component, cafe and public restroom covering 5.8 acres of beach space on Belmont Beach...

Capistrano Shores Mobile Home Park - Unit 54
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Meeting Date:

February 1, 2021

On Wednesday, the Coastal Commission’s consent agenda contained an application for construction of a new mobile home at Capistrano Shores Mobile Home Park. Recent home sales records show the mobile homes are valued at the $2 - 4 million range despite already being at water’s edge...

Dana Point Hotel - Cannon's
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Meeting Date:

February 1, 2021

On Wednesday, the Coastal Commission approved a new 100-room resort hotel with a restaurant, cafe and spa in Dana Point on Green Lantern Avenue overlooking the Dana Point Harbor. As part of the permit conditions, the hotel will include 25 low-cost rooms and a new blufftop public walkway, as required by the public access provisions of the Coastal Act...

Ontario Ridge Trail Relocation
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Meeting Date:

February 1, 2021

On Friday, the Coastal Commission overturned a San Luis Obispo County approved coastal development permit for the relocation of the Ontario Ridge Trail on the McCarthy property just downcoast from Avila Beach. The property owner was looking to move the trail easement in order to accommodate future residential development at the site...

Capistrano Beach Interim Armoring Permit
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Meeting Date:

December 1, 2020

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...

Haskell's Beach Managed Retreat
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Meeting Date:

November 1, 2020

On Thursday, the Commission approved an overdue managed retreat project at Haskell’s Beach in Goleta at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. The hotel had retained a seawall long after its emergency permit had expired four and half years ago, to protect a “Beach House” structure including restrooms and showers...

Solana Beach Pacific Ave seawall
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Meeting Date:

September 1, 2020

Last year, three homeowners in Solana Beach applied jointly for a 150-foot seawall. One of the homeowners was denied a seawall due to his property being post-Coastal Act and having deed restrictions...