Tuesday, July 25, 2017

North Parking Lot Replacement Needed

This location could make a fine location to place a new main parking lot for south Sloat.

Greetings Surfriders,

While we await a new date for the Local Coastal Program hearing at SF Planning, we would like to dedicate this month's post to the fate of the north parking lot at Sloat. 

As you may know, the 2012 Ocean Beach Master Plan proposed the idea of relocating the north parking lot spaces onto the southbound Great Highway near Wawona.  Surfrider opposed this idea since the point of the managed retreat plan was to relocate infrastructure away from the water. To their credit, the SPUR-led team cancelled this parking plan. 

The challenge is we still need a good parking alternative to replace the north lot. 

To address this, Surfrider has recently signaled interest in the area of land to the south of the zoo's paid parking lot. This is an area of land accessible by Herbst/Armory Road, and sits on the landward side of the Great Highway south of Sloat.  See picture above.

We believe this site could be ideal as a replacement for the north lot. Since the south of Sloat Great Highway will eventually be closed, vehicular access for the new parking lot can be done via Herbst - Armory Road. The new parking access could contain all the original parking spaces from the eroded north lot along with a bathroom, shower, water fountain, trash receptacle, and bicycle parking station.  It would serve as the main beach access lot and connect beautifully to the Master Plan's coastal hiking/biking trail idea.  Look for the chapter to advocate for this solution going forward.

Thanks for checking in!

PS: If you haven't signed our new petition yet, please do!  Also, you can help the campaign by sharing this with your network.

Friday, June 9, 2017

SF Examiner Covers Sloat / LCP Vote Postponed / SLR Workshop In Pacifica

Summertime means fishing in the fog at Sloat.
Greetings Surfriders,

The SF Planning Commission hearing was postponed.  Please stay tuned for the new date. 

On June 9th the San Francisco Examiner ran a nice story on the LCP and where we are in the effort to implement managed retreat at Sloat.   If you are looking to get a full picture of where the campaign is right now, this article provides an excellent snapshot.

Please sign and share our petition if you haven't yet!

Also, this coming Friday June 16th there is a sea level rise workshop being held in Pacifica.  USGS scientist Samuel Johnson and others will be on hand to go over the geology of our coastline, its history and what we can expect with a future of rising seas.  A discussion about our options for how we respond will also be open for discussion. 

Sea Level Rise: Understanding our Coast
Friday June 16 6:45pm at the Pacifica Coastside Museum – 1850 Francisco Blvd. Pacifica

Sponsored by Pacifica’s Environmental Family and the Pacifica Climate Committee

As always, thanks for checking in.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Petition Still Live - Final LCP Hearing at SF Planning June 8

Sloat Erosion Site: June 1987
Before the Oceanside Treatment Plant and Lake Merced Tunnel infrastructure.

Greetings Surfriders,

If you haven't done so already, please sign our new petition to restore Sloat.

SF Planning Commission is due to vote on the LCP amendment for Sloat on June 8th.  Please attend the hearing and comment if you can!  The address is 1650 Mission St. Ste 400

While the current version of the LCP amendment is not fatally flawed, it does have major room for improvement.

Surfrider is particularly concerned that the document does not recognize and build off of erosion management rules that are already on the books at the Coastal Commission.  We specifically cite the 1986 SF Ocean Beach Beach Nourishment Plan document.

The LCP amendment could also be improved by:

·      Clarifying what constitutes an erosion emergency that allows hard armoring such as rock.

·      Stating a clear preference of using soft solutions such as sand over rock armor in the case of emergencies.

·      When hard armoring is used in an emergency, require a deadline for its removal and replacement by sand dunes.

·      Prohibiting the rejection of sand dune nourishment and/or managed retreat solutions for erosion based on cost alone.

If you cannot make the June 8th hearing, please send your comment letters to:
Maggie Wenger
LCP Amendment Project Manager
SF Planning Department

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Sloat Petition / Public LCP Meeting May 2

The Sloat erosion area was battered by winter storms this year. Thankfully, no rock armor was added onto the beach. The pre-winter sand replenishment project may have helped in this regard.

Greetings Surfriders,

Happy Earth Day! 

As the Restore Sloat campaign hits the final stretch, we have a new petition for all to sign.

The purpose is to underscore our goals for Sloat restoration as the City finalizes the details of its erosion control project for the area. The design will be based upon the recommendations found in the Ocean Beach Master Plan.  We will continue to call for maximizing relocation of all threatened structures, even the Lake Merced Tunnel. The more beach area that we can secure for restoration, the greater the chance we have to maintain a sandy shoreline for the future.

More News: SF Planning has just added a public workshop for the LCP amendment May 2 6-8pm at the Ortega Library (3223 Ortega Street at 39th Ave). Please attend if you can.  There may be a discussion regarding south of Sloat road consolidation and realignment as well as options for temporary parking. 

Thanks for checking in!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Managed Retreat Phase 1 Announced!

Managed retreat for Sloat is officially on the way.
Greetings Surfriders,

We are pleased to announce that Phase 1 of the Ocean Beach Master Plan's managed retreat strategy has been announced. It appears on San Francisco Recreation and Park's website. This is a significant milestone for the Restore Sloat Campaign as it is the first public recognition that the City is indeed looking to embrace the Master Plan recommendations. As you may recall, the first move of the Ocean Beach Master Plan includes the consolidation and realignment of the road away from the water (on the landward side of the berm), and the construction of temporary parking. A walking trail is also slated to be installed. Details TBA. We'll let you know when the public can weigh in on the specific elements in this project.

Meanwhile, the LCP amendment hearing at SF Planning has been postponed until June 8th.  Please stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sharp Park / LCP Action Report

A glimpse of Sloat restoration appears at the north parking lot.

Greetings Surfriders,

We have success to report for Sharp Park!  SF Rec. and Park agreed to drop some of the golf course flood control measures from the Significant Natural Resources Area Management Plan's Final Environmental Impact Report (SNRAMP FEIR).  In kind, Surfrider along with the coalition lead by Wild Equity withdrew our appeal of the document. Thank you once again to all who sent in comment letters or attended the hearing at the SF Board of Supervisors.

Look for continued efforts to restore the Sharp Park wetland in the future.  By removing the need for a seawall, we can protect the last wide stretch of beach in north Pacifica.   

Update re: SF Rec. and Park's seawall issue.  The Coastal Commission has set June 18, 2017, as a deadline to rule on the fate of the city's response to justifying the 2013 revetment "maintenance" work (see March 2013 blog post for story).  We'll report on the verdict when we get the news. 

Restore Sloat Update: LCP Amendment Introduced at SF Planning Commission

On March 2nd, SF Planning initiated their draft amendment for updating zoning plans for erosion management south of Sloat and greater Ocean Beach.  We will continue to ask for a clear language for removing rubble and using long term managed retreat planning for Ocean Beach. Without additional space for the beach to migrate landward, sand dune nourishment cannot be effective. Sea level rise and climate change will bring accelerated erosion. Thanks to all who have sent in comments on this very important document.  Look for another round of public commentary on the LCP Adoption Hearing April 13th.  For more details, see SF Planning's LCP Amendment website. We'll have more to say on this in next month's post.

Thanks for checking in...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New BOS Hearing for Sharp Park / LCP Hearing at SF Planning

The beautiful beach fronting Sharp Park golf course
Photo (B. McLaughlin)

Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

The hearing to affirm the Sharp Park portion of the SNRAMP EIR is now scheduled at the SF Board of Supervisors for Tuesday February 28th at 3pm. Again, we are asking that the Board order the Sharp Park golf renovation plans to be removed from the Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan's Final Environmental Impact Report (SNRAMP FEIR).

The main reason we are asking for this is because golf course flood control projects have no place in a Natural Areas Plan EIR.  An 18-hole golf course is not a natural area.

The golf course renovation work are flood control measures, which are part of a system that includes a protective berm/seawall found on the beach (see pic above).  Seawalls are a threat to the fast eroding beaches of Pacifica.  They have wreaked enough havoc to the town's shoreline.  For erosion facts and seawall impacts to the beach, please see page 13 of the scientific report done on the golf course watershed: http://www.savethefrogs.com/actions/sharp-park/images/Sharp-Park-Report.pdf

If you cannot make the hearing on the 28th, please head to our coalition partners at the Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter.  They have a great letter writing page. Please personalize your letter by highlighting your concern about the beach.  Feel free to copy and paste the following into the letter writing template: "As a member of the Surfrider Foundation, I oppose the golf course flood control work in this EIR. The flood control work found in this document relies in part an engineered system for the wetland which includes a seawall like structure on the beach.  Flood control at Sharp Park has widespread and significant long term impacts to the shoreline. Any such renovation work should be taken up in a separate EIR."

Finally, SF Planning is due to take up the draft LCP amendment for Sloat on March 2nd at 12pm. Agenda item time is still TBA. Please send a letter if you cannot make it! (see Maggie Wenger email address below). Help us reinforce our call for an erosion plan that leads to beach restoration and infrastructure security by means of managed retreat.

We need folks to especially point out that the draft should be amended to allow for the relocation of the road and parking lot to be done in 2 phases.  The current version at SF Planning does not include this.  Phase one should commence asap. Remove the curve in the road south of Sloat and re-align each of the lanes (1 northbound  / 1 southbound) onto the furthest landward side of the bluff.  Then, build new temporary parking until the long-term plan is ready for construction.  With initial relocation of the road and parking we can avoid new emergency armoring, protect our vehicle infrastructure now, open up safer and saner parking, and reduce emergency road closures.

Again, if you cannot make the hearing, please send a letter to SF Planning: maggie.wenger@sfgov.org

Thanks again for your participation and interest!