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

The shorelines of Ocean Beach south of Sloat Blvd and Sharp Park in Pacifica are threatened by rip-rap seawallls and long-term erosion. This blog chronicles our campaign efforts to restore these beaches. Check out the web view of this site to see our proposed solutions and how to help- in the right hand column below. For all the latest about our efforts, see our monthly posts.

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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Armoring at Sharp Park?

Photo Credit: Mary & Lazar Keitelman

Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

While one of our city agencies is looking to turn away from armoring our coastline,  it seems another city department still thinks dumping rocks on a beach for erosion control is good practice.  

Last week, we got word that there was some maintenance being planned on the artificial berm fronting the Sharp Park Golf Course. When Surfrider checked in with SF Park and Rec. about the work, we were told the project would consist of regrading the surface due to it being scarred with ruts and potholes.  The seaside trail on top of the berm is popular with walkers and joggers.

Who would have thought "regrading" the surface meant adding more quarry stone armor to the beach?!!!  Needless to say, many a call has been made to the Coastal Commission about this project, which may not have been legally permitted.  Stay tuned for more details...