The bureaucrats are still convinced that our north county beaches are "sandless". Now our Encinitas mayor Jim Bond has drank the kool-aid. If only these people would just go to the beach and take a walk...
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George's Beach, Cardiff yesterday, Sunday March 11th 2007. There appears to a lot of people walking on these "sandless beaches". Hell, the beaches are more walkable than downtown Leucadia.
Read Saving the Sand Coast News article by Wehtahnah Tucker click here
The city of Encinitas is now blaming the January 2000 bluff collapse on a lack of sand, this is nonsense. I was surfing D St that same day and there was a lot of sand that winter. The bluffs of south Leucadia have been bone dry for years and that is why they are fragile. Sand definitely helps reinforce the base of the bluffs, but you might as well stack sand to the very top if you don't want the bluff to have any failures. The bluffs are now like dry sandcastles that won't stay up. They need some moisture to stick together. You can test this yourself right now because there is lots of sand on the beach to make castles out of.
*Right before the January 2000 collapse that killed that poor women a squadron of heavy Camp Pendleton helicopters flew by. I remember because the windows at my house on H St were shaking. About 20 minutes later I remember hearing the sirens of the emergency vehicles heading towards the beach. Coincidence? Maybe, but there were some big Santa Fe freight trains that day too. Did this combination help contribute to that day's collapse?
Burning Question: Why is the city using the 2000 bluff collapse death to push their sand agenda when people keep getting killed on our roads, and the city won't address the infrastructure problems on those roads?
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A few weeks ago there was a ribbon of the dreaded cobblestones at Beacon's Beach in Leucadia, but they were only two stones deep and are now covered up by sand again. Notice our nice big recovering kelp bed. This kelp bed wasn't even there at the beginning of the winter. This kelp bed is a very positive thing for surfers and fisherman. Ideally the kelp beds should stretch across the coast of Leucadia.
Saturday Feb 17th Beacon's Beach. Lots of sand, some exposed reef that the tourist enjoyed checking out. This reef is now mostly covered by sand again.
We are beginning to get some early season south swells that are pushing sand back on the beaches.
Look, the cobblestones are now covered up. Photo taken this morning, Beacon's Beach Leucadia.
From the Coast News article: In its initial recommendation, the Army Corps proposed sand re-nourishment of 628,000 cubic meters along a 2.4-kilometer stretch of Encinitas coastline with a scheduled program of sand renourishment every five years of 262,000 cubic meters. The costs would be split evenly between the city and the Army Corps.
the National Marine Fisheries Service and the state Department of Fish and Game, charged with protecting marine life, rejected the large amounts of sand proposed in the study. Studies have shown that too much sand deposited at one time would wash back into the ocean, burying offshore eelgrass and kelp and the reefs that provide a habitat for fish and lobsters.
If you are a surfer, fisherman, lobsterman, local beach lover, tourist or homeowner you should support the Marine Fisheries request for half the sand that the dreaded Army Corps of Engineers wants. The Army Corps massive amount of sand will choke off our kelp beds and ruin our surf spots. This will impact several levels of our local economy and will greatly affect our quality of life.