|The beautiful beach fronting Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica|
In a major set-back for beach preservation in Pacifica, the Coastal Commission approved an "after the fact' permit for the seawall that protects the Sharp Park Golf Course.
Judging from the Commissioner's comments, the key reason the seawall and the recent armoring work was approved was the belief that, without the seawall, the local neighborhood would flood. Unfortunately, there is no study or other substantial evidence to support this claim found in the staff report or anywhere else that we can find.
As we have commented before, the reason managed retreat uses the word "managed" is to allow for project adaptations such as flood protection for nearby neighborhoods - or habitat relocation work for endangered species. At Sloat, managed retreat means that we recognize that some form of structural protection will be needed to protect the Oceanside Treatment Plant and associated infrastructure. Contrary to the view of some of our detractors, we are not environmental extremists.
For a look at what a quality managed retreat alternative could be, check out this peered reviewed study of Sharp Park.