Sunday, March 25, 2007
Kids have fun at beach despite cobblestone boogeyman
Feinstein goes to bat for beach project
By: DAVE DOWNEY - Staff Writer
NORTH COUNTY ---- U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent letters to a pair of federal agencies last week in a bid to jump-start a stalled $4.5 million study examining options for fortifying three miles of battered North County coastline.
Feinstein last week wrote top administrators with the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and urged them to resolve differences in the next 60 days over steps that need to be taken to soften the project's harm to the environment.
The project aims to restore "the historic sandy coastlines in the cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas, whose coastal beaches are among the most severely eroded in California," Feinstein wrote in both of the letters. read the rest here.
This photo was taken this morning around 10 am. in Carlsbad. You can see a thin strip of cobblestones at the base of the bluff. If they want to cover up these cobblestones with sand I don't mind. But the Army Corp of Engineers wants to go so overboard that it is disturbing. Notice the 100 yards of sand from the cobble strip to the waterline.
It is important to note that the new recovering kelp beds in Leucadia are much closer to the shoreline than in other areas of north county. The 2001 sand project smothered these kelp beds. There has been no kelp in Leucadia until late 2006 and early 2007. The sand is at a good level right now and we even have more sand this week than last week thanks to the early south swells we are now getting. I am deeply concerned about another massive sand project, it will destroy our kelp and ruin the quality of our surf spots which are used by thousands of surfers across north county daily. North county surfing is an economic engine and needs to be considered. It sounds like the politicians have drank the "no-sand-all-cobbles" kool-aid; a quick trip to the beach would reveal a different reality for them. The NCT's coverage of this story borders on propaganda in favor of the sand project. I want the 500 bluff dwellers to feel secure but we don't need to go overboard on this. I want Feinstein to be please be mindful of the kelp, lobster, fish, surf spots and tax dollars.
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