|This summer, a beach has re-emerged at the erosion hotspot.|
Unfortunately, it will almost certainly erode this coming winter.
Photo: Ocean Beach Surfer Paul Lewis
In order to build a project that addresses beach erosion at Sloat, zoning laws for the Ocean Beach shoreline need to be updated. This is what the Local Coastal Plan (LCP) amendment process is about. The LCP is now up for final approval.
As you may be aware of, Surfrider has been heavily engaged in the drafting of the LCP. The zoning rules for erosion management will have a major impact on the preservation of the beach south of Sloat as well as greater Ocean Beach.
The Local Coastal Plan (LCP) hearing and vote is set for October 5th at SF Planning Department. Please attend if you can; or send in a comment letter now. Here is a basic message:
Climate change and sea level rise will only exacerbate erosion rates at Ocean Beach. In order to preserve the shoreline south of Sloat and greater Ocean Beach, long-term planning based on managed retreat should be the preferred strategy. Sand replenishment is a temporary solution to coastal erosion, not a permanent fix.