Saturday, October 29, 2016

Campaign Platform Update

Greetings Surfriders,

In order to support some of the outcomes we have gained from the Ocean Beach Master Plan, we have updated our campaign platform for Sloat and central Ocean Beach.  

Significant Changes: 

We want to clarify our position on managed retreat.  It should be done in 2 phases.

Phase 1: As soon as possible, consolidate the road south of Sloat down to two lanes.  Align the road in a straight north-south trajectory.  Locate both lanes on the landward portion of the bluff.

Build temporary parking should in the newly available space gained from road consolidation and realignment.

Phase 2:  Before committing to build the Ocean Beach Master Plan vision for the Lake Merced Tunnel; formally weigh the option of relocating or re-aligning the Lake Merced Tunnel and other vulnerable infrastructure (such as the pump station in-take pipes).

Once an infrastructure protection strategy is in place, re-route the road around the back of the zoo.  Remove all rock armor.  Build sand dunes to serve as the new erosion control device. 

Create new beach access parking nearby, but at a safe distance away from the erosion hazard area.

Emergency Erosion Response Due to Winter Storms

In the event of a major erosion event which threatens infrastructure,  any emergency armor placed on the beach should be removed before the following winter. Sand bags are preferred over quarry stone boulders for emergencies.

Please remember to be careful when accessing the water at Sloat!