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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Great Highway Parking Lot Shelved

Fishing for Bass at South Sloat, Summer 2014

Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

Since our last post, it appears that the SPUR team has decided to shelve the idea of putting the north parking access on the Great Highway near Vicente.  This is great news.  Hopefully, the idea of narrowing the Great Highway between Lincoln and Sloat will also be removed from the current list of proposals. Surfrider has always maintained that - in this initial Master Plan - only the south of Sloat portion of the Great Highway should be narrowed down into two lanes and realigned eastward.

The Master Plan contains numerous proposals for change at Ocean Beach.  Many of them are great such as: a new restroom/shower for the Kelly's Cove area, a coastal trail connecting to Ft. Funston, and native plant restoration in the dunes. That being said, Surfrider does urge SPUR to keep the bulk of its focus on solving the erosion challenge south of Sloat. This important stretch of Ocean Beach has been severely neglected over the last 20 years. It will take significant time and resources to reverse all the damage. The OBMP provides us with a vehicle to accomplish the task. Thanks for checking in.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming months!