Saturday, October 18, 2008
Romancing the Cobble Stone
Sand lobbyist Steve Aceti finds the one patch of cobblestones near Grandview Beach in north Leucadia to pose for this LA Times article about Prop K:
In Encinitas, a ballot measure to keep sand on the beach
Remember, the Prop K sand tax and the existing local sand tax collected have nothing to do with the SANDAG and Army Corp of Engineers sand projects. The Encinitas sand tax only pays for dumping sand once a year in the tourist section of Moonlight Beach (between the two lifeguard towers). Prop K sand tax collections will not replenish the area Aceti was photographed at.
From the article:
"At high tide, there is no beach," said Steve Aceti, executive director of the Encinitas-based California Coastal Coalition, as he surveyed the rocks littering the beach between the Bekins and Grandview access stairways.
Exactly, it's called high tide for a reason. On a 6 ft high tide you cannot walk on the beach between south Ponto and north Moonlight Beach. But you know what? You could not walk on the beach on a 6 ft high tide after the 2001 sand project either. Again, it's called high tide! You can buy a tide book at any surf shop or 7-11 for like a $1.50 and plan your beach walks accordingly.
6 ft high tides make it tricky to walk the bluff areas but low tide is a regular sand freeway. The low tide sandbars in Encinitas are smoother than the coast highway. Photo of Swamis taken from the J St overlook.
From the article:
Even if Prop. K loses, Encinitas still plans to dump sand next month above the mean high-tide level at Moonlight Beach, its most popular area. The sand will be trucked to the site from a construction project as a tradeoff with the developer.
Gross, construction dirt masquerading as beach sand-blah. No wonder so few people ever sit on that section of the beach, they are all down by the water in the natural sand. It would be better to plant a nice park instead of the itchy ashtray style sand they keep dumping there.
My proposal for Moonlight Beach, grass instead of the itchy sand area:
This is the other photo in the LA Times article, ahhhhhhh! Look, there is a small patch of cobblestones that have been there since before I was born, ahhhhhhh!
Burning question: If the cobblestones are such a menace, why no plan to remove them? We could dig them out, haul them off the beach and use them to landscape the center medians on Leucadia's coast highway 101.
My take on Prop K-In my opinion a 10% tax is way too much. Double digit taxes are evil! (and uncompetitive with the other beach towns). If we are going to tax tourist for staying in our hotels, motels and short term rentals the tax should be more like 5%. 2.5% of that tax can go into the general fund and the other 2.5% can go directly into a special beach fund that would pay for upgrades to our lifeguard stations, beach restrooms, showers and drinking fountains, trash collection and other beach infrastructure repairs.