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, December 29, 2016

A Setback at Sharp Park / Good News for Sloat

SF Rec and Park is seeking to add more boulders to the Sharp Park seawall.
Photo: Emily V.

Greetings Surfriders,

We have a Sharp Park update:

Unfortunately SF Planning along with SF Rec. and Park voted 5-1 to certify the EIR that included the Sharp Park golf course redevelopment plan.  Although this was a major setback, we will have more opportunities to voice our concerns about the golf course renovation and what it implies for the beach. Sometime in January the SF Board of Supervisors are expected to meet to affirm this decision. We will notify all our activists when we have the dates.  In the meantime, you can write to your local SF Supervisor tp weigh in. To send an email, just type Supervisor's For example: Please lend your voice in opposition to the golf course redevelopment project and its inclusion in the EIR.  We need folks to underscore the fact that the golf course EIR omitted the evaluation of the environmental impact of the seawall.  This is most troubling because there is an effort underway by SF Rec and Park to reinforce that structure.  Rec. and Park has an application currently in process with the Coastal Commission which will add more boulders to the seawall. See pic. above.


While we await the next stage of the LCP amendment process, we have received notice by SFPUC that the "Alternatives Analysis" phase for Sloat continues. This is the process of evaluating alternative ways to protect the Lake Merced Tunnel. The good news is that we have been assured that a Lake Merced Tunnel relocation and/or realignment strategy is one of the options being studied and weighed. We appreciate SFPUC's work on this behalf.  By keeping an open mind regarding our options for the LMT, we may ensure the best long term project gets built for Sloat.

Surfrider stands by its position that the uncertainties surrounding climate change should lead us to strive for maximum re-alignment of threatened structures.  If done correctly, the Ocean Beach Master Plan, SPUR, and the City of SF would have a showcase of innovation for climate change adaptation.  Currently, most coastal municipalities facing an erosion threat to development either harm their beaches through seawall construction and/or waste public funds trying to fill in the ocean with sand.  SF has the opportunity to show that there is a smarter alternative: managed retreat.  With managed retreat, we gain real long-term security for coastal development, preserve the public's beach and save taxpayer's millions of dollars by reducing our reliance on sand replenishment.

Thanks for checking in.  Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sharp Park Action Alert / Sloat LCP Re-Cap

The beach in front of Sharp Park Golf Course: under threat from coastal armor.

Seasons Greetings Surfriders,

Thanks to all who attended the LCP public workshop last month and/or have submitted comment letters. In the LCP process, Surfrider continues to advocate for 3 basic items:

1. Managed retreat of threatened infrastructure south of Sloat
2. The removal of rock and rubble from the shoreline
3. Sand dune replenishment to preserve the beach.

***Breaking News for the Restore Sharp Park Campaign***

Wild Equity, lead organization in the effort to restore the Sharp Park wetland, has just announced a pair of events this month.  

On December 15th at the San Francisco City Hall re: Planning/Rec and Park Commission Approval of the Sharp Park Golf Course Redevelopment Project's EIR. For more details on the hearing, see

We need people to show up to urge rejection of the golf course redevelopment plan.  By re-investing in the greens at Sharp Park, it will not be long before a seawall expansion project is proposed to protect the links from the surf.  

The other event is an education tour of the Sharp Park site on December 11. Come learn about the endemic flora and fauna of the Sharp Park wetland and hear about the campaign to restore the area.   See 

At Sloat and Sharp Park, seawalls have wreaked enough havoc along our beaches.  Please attend the December 15th hearing and/or send in comment email letters to SF Planning at

Thanks for checking in!