Sloat Restoration through Managed Retreat

Sloat Restoration through Managed Retreat
This is our original vision for Sloat Restoration - graphic courtesy of PSA and Associates and the Ocean Beach Task Force

Our Vision of Beach Restoration and Preservation

We advocate a managed retreat strategy to restore both Ocean Beach south of Sloat and Sharp Park. At Sloat, our vision involves:

A long-term plan to relocate threatened infrastructure
(including the south of Sloat Great Highway, the two oceanside parking lots and the sewer lines underneath them).

The cleanup of all the rock and rubble littering the beach.

The use of sand dunes as the primary tool to slow erosion.

For Sharp Park, we advocate the decommissioning of the golf course, the removal of the rip-rap berm, and a full restoration of the wetland.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SPUR Workshop Postponed / Coastal Commission Meeting In SF

Greetings fellow Surfriders and Friends,

News Update: The SPUR workshops originally scheduled for November have been postponed until sometime early next year. These are the government/public stakeholder workshops charged with drafting a recommendation to address erosion at Sloat. We will be sure to announce when we have the dates.

In the mean time, there is a huge opportunity for us to impact the state of the beach at Sloat: The California Coastal Commission, which oversees the permitting for any coastal development on the state's coastline, is having a meeting December 15, 16,, and 17th in San Francisco. There is an open public comment period every morning of these meetings. This is our chance to tell the commission what is happening at Sloat, how our beach is wiped away by erosion, and being replaced by rock and concrete rubble. Please be sure to check our action alert in the coming days. The Commission has the ability to force The City to take action and address many of the issues that concern us at Sloat: the loss of public recreation, degradation of safe access and the environmental impacts of armoring. We urge everyone to either show up at the Commission meetings to comment (public comment period opens 9-10am depending on the day), or, if unable to attend, to please write a fresh letter to the commission. Here is a link to write a letter: And here is more info on the meetings.



  1. The seawall at Pleasure Point has really messed up the wave.
    The rip rap helped to buffer the energy of the waves.
    The voids let the water come out through the bottom.
    The concrete wall may look better from the boats, yet they recherché the waves off the wall. This chops up the surf.
    The removal of the groin below the old steps by O'Neill's only added to the problem.
    The "experts" said this would not happen, they were wrong.

  2. Anonymous, re: Pleasure Point: This kind of observed information is super important...if we can prove the seawall is adversely impacting the waves, it could ultimately help with moving toward a non-armoring solution for Pleasure Point. If you can provide more detailed information to this effect and your name, address, etc. please do. Email me at sdamron [at] Thanks!!!

  3. Hey anonymous, would you be making a stink if the wave was improved by the sea wall/armoring?

    Sarah - thanks for keeping everyone informed. I'd love to see some posts about real world solutions. Let's face it - no one - especially coast dwellers - are going to agree to a "managed retreat" solution. In a region of the world where the next available piece of land to relocate to is the Sacramento Valley, people are not going to give up their beach homes because oceans are rising. They won't do it in Malibu or Santa Cruz and they won't do it in San Francisco either.

    Keep up the great work.