We just issued a press release on the seawall project at Sharp Park (see below). The Coastal Commission did indeed find that the armoring of Sharp Park seawall should have went through their permitting process. Maintenance work on the seawall has been ordered to a halt until SF Rec. and Park files the correct paperwork. This will allow for public review and comment.
Surfrider San Francisco is concerned about this matter because of the cumulative effect of piecemeal armoring practices - whether called "maintenance projects" such as this case - or "erosion emergencies" which we have seen at Sloat. Death by a thousand cuts is real and is happening to our beaches.
We hope to see a removal of the new rock fronting Sharp Park golf course with a plan put in place to restore the Laguna Salada watershed. Thanks to our partners at Wild Equity and staff from Surfrider National for helping us with this unfortunate development.
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Caught Illegally Armoring Sharp Park Beach
on Unpermitted Armoring at Sharp Park in Pacifica
Unpermitted armoring of Sharp Park Beach by San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department, February 24, 2013.
“Much of the public’s beach in Pacifica is already buried under piles of boulders. Adding new armor to protect a nearby golf course is just not appropriate,” says Bill McLaughlin, who chairs the Erosion Committee of the Surfrider Foundation San Francisco Chapter. “Sea level rise and long term coastal erosion patterns are a looming threat to all our regional coastlines. If beaches like Pacifica’s are to survive, shorelines need to be able to migrate landward.”
For more information on shoreline armoring, please visit the Surfrider Foundation’s Beachapedia page.