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.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Phase One of Managed Retreat Project Clears SF Planning

King Tides on 12-23-18 occurred under mild weather and wave conditions. 
Luckily they did not coincide with some of the potent winter storms we have experienced since mid-January or erosion of the sand backless work would have been extremely severe.

Greetings Surfriders,

We recently learned that the road consolidation and realignment project has been approved for CEQA processing at SF Planning.  An article appeared in a recent issue of SF Weekly. This is good news as the phase one project of managed retreat has been delayed now for nearly two years.  The bad news is that there is no funding currently available.  We will certainly be following up on the funding issue.

In the mean time, your comment letters on behalf of this issue are still welcome!  If you haven't written a letter yet, please do so now! The key decision-makers over the erosion site need to hear how important beach parking is at Sloat - both in the Phase and the Phase Two managed retreat projects.

Here is a sample letter:


Dear Decision-makers of the Sloat erosion site,

My name is _______________ and I __________ (surf, hike, fish, enjoy, etc) Ocean Beach.  While I support the restoration plan for the erosion site south of Sloat, the upcoming road realignment work should include additional beach access parking using the abandoned lanes until a new long-term parking lot can be built.

Parking access south of Sloat is critical for beach access. Originally, our two parking lots provided 200 spaces.  Currently, the south parking access has been completely lost to erosion while the north lot has only 29 parking spaces left. This is inadequate. We need parking addressed at Sloat both for the Phase One and Phase Two Ocean Beach Master Plan projects.

Thank you.  _____________
(your name, address)

Thanks always for your engagement!