Monday, November 21, 2011

Draft Ocean Beach Master Plan Part III


Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

The comment period for the Draft Ocean Beach Master Plan has been extended until Wednesday November 23rd 5pm. If you have not done so yet, please review the plan and provide input! http://www.spur.org/ocean-beach

We have some good news to report on the city's emergency response to coastal erosion at Sloat. We received word from SFPUC that the agency intends to deploy geotextile sandbags instead of quarry stone in case of any new major erosion events between now and when a long term plan is implemented. We support this move because sandbags are easily removed, effective and much safer to traverse than quarry stone revetments.

We also have some additional information on the cobblestone berm idea outlined in the draft. Apparently there is no set schedule at this time for doing a feasibility analysis of this proposal. This means the Master Plan may be issuing a recommendation for Sloat without knowing if it is even viable. We urge SPUR and SFPUC to clear up this matter asap. It would be a tragedy to have SPUR issue a long term recommendation for Sloat that turns out to be unworkable.

As we have mentioned in previous posts, we still believe the long term plan should call for the relocation of the Lake Merced Transport Box. Perhaps the cobblestone berm approach can fit into such a plan as an interim step between sandbags and relocation. However, a robust feasibility study of the berm (that illuminates all impacts) should be completed before we can embrace this solution.

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