Sunday, March 18, 2007
Aceti Lies to NCT, "We're back to cobble."
Steve Aceti is everywhere. Photo downloaded from Cal-Coast.
I heart tax dollars...back to cobbles eh? Moonlight Beach, Encinitas Feb 2007
Cardiff campgrounds area looking north towards Swami's. The majority of the reefs are covered in sand.
Pro-tax lobbyist Steve Aceti lied to North County Times staff reporter Dave Downey in today's Sunday edition.
2001 beach benefits short-lived
By: DAVE DOWNEY - Staff Writer
NORTH COUNTY ---- It was nice while it lasted. When the San Diego Association of Governments dredged up enough sand from the ocean bottom to fill Qualcomm Stadium and piped it onshore in the summer of 2001, San Diego County had some of the finest beaches around.
From Oceanside to Imperial Beach, once-narrow beaches suddenly were 25 to 100 feet wider than they were before the association spent $17.5 million and spread 2 million cubic yards of the fine material along six miles of the county's coastline.
But it didn't last. Winter arrived and storm swells battered the coast. And the manufactured beaches were swept back out to sea.
Within a year, most had thinned by 20 feet to 60 feet, according to a report by Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. Most shrank more the following year.
"We're back to pre-project conditions, which aren't very good," said Steve Aceti, executive director for the Encinitas-based California Coastal Coalition, an advocacy group representing coastal cities and counties. "We're back to cobble."
"We're back to cobble." HUH? Leucadia March 2007
Two photos appear in the NCT story, one is close up of someone walking barefoot across a patch of cobblestones. The other shows a surfer at the base of the cliffs at high tide. In both photos if you look closely you can see sand.
The North County Times seems to be part of the propaganda campaign to convince people that our beaches are sandless and covered with cobblestones. Surfers, regular beach goers and fishermen know this to be untrue. Our north county beaches have an incredible amount of sand for this time of year due to our mild winter. Our sand is increasing daily due to the recent south swells we just started getting which naturally replenish our beaches.
Recently, the association estimated the cost of such a project at $25 million. It would target the same beaches as last time: Oceanside, north Carlsbad, south Carlsbad, Batiquitos, Leucadia, Moonlight, Cardiff, Fletcher Cove, Del Mar, Torrey Pines, Mission and Imperial.
Leucadia does not need sand, Encinitas does not need sand, Cardiff does not need sand.
I surfed north Torrey Pines this morning, there is a lot of sand down there. The lagoon is functional and tidal and there is a big sandbar in front of the south bridge. Here is a photo of south Torrey Pines:
Aceti said the project could be tackled in 2009 or 2010, if the agency can secure needed money. Officials are setting their sights on obtaining a share of proceeds from the $5.4 billion Proposition 84 bond measure voters approved in November.
Area officials also are exploring funding options ranging from a sales-tax increase to beach parking fees to hotel taxes.
I have a hard time believing that Steve Aceti cares about the quality of our beaches at all, he is nothing more than a professional tax lobbyist. A freaking sales tax increase?!? We already pay almost 8% in sales tax. Gee, let's just jack it up to 10% while we are at it, right Aceti?
I think we've entered bizarro world. Developer Michael D Pattinson wrote a column for the NCT called Thank bureaucrats for sandless beaches which is so off base is it barely worth mentioning. Dave Downey wrote a strange article for the NCT's "science" section where our hero Steve Aceti says we would have more sand if Catalina island was bigger, Losing Ground: North County's shoreline victim of natural process (I wonder if they have ever heard of Point Conception?). Encinitas mayor Jim Bond who never met a tax increase he didn't like thinks there is no sand on our beaches because he has never even bothered to look. Pam Slater-Price thinks there is no sand. It goes on and on...
Photo taken last week in Leucadia, tax lobbyist Steve Aceti says, "We're back to cobble." mmmmm-kay?
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