Sunday, March 29, 2009
All Sand and No Parking
It seems like a symbiotic relationship between Ed Joyce and Aceti has developed.
KPBS Beach Sand Funding On Hold
Projects to restore sand on some San Diego County beaches are in limbo. Federal and state funding for the projects has been cut or delayed. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.
First, California cut funding for beach sand replacement programs.
Now, California Coastal Coalition Executive Director Steve Aceti says federal stimulus money for those projects isn't coming to San Diego either.
Blogger's note: Aceti is a taxpayer funded lobbyist and simultaneously represents bluff top property owners.
He says the Office of Management and Budget has pulled funding for every beach replenishment project from the stimulus list.
Aceti calls it a double whammy because two months ago California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger froze funding for coastal projects.
"In Solana Beach and Encinitas they're almost done with a feasiblity study that would lead to engineering and design of a beach project," he said. "Both of those areas need the sand and if we don't get it, it's going to hurt the region's economy."
I've put considerable effort into discovering how much of the study considers recreational aspects, like surfing. Here is a quote from a response I got last July, "The [Army Corps of Engineers] does not have the authority to look at artificial reefs for recreation. I'm not aware of any funding of designing a recreational reef/ jetties at Georges?" That caused me concern. I didn't see Aceti with the same heartburn, an observation that is consistent with him being primarily motivated to protect bluff-top property owners, not enhance our recreational infrastructure.
He says the lack of funding could delay or even doom those projects and one in Imperial Beach.
Many surfers in Imperial Beach will be happy to hear about this.
Studies show that beach tourism contributes tens of billions of dollars to California's economy each year.
Ed Joyce, KPBS News.
There is no doubt that tourism is an important economic element of coastal San Diego and our sand levels are not the limiting factor in the rate of beach attendance.
It is a reality that the beach (our best natural feature) is not as enjoyable as it once was. As the population expands and more locals and tourists want to head to the beach it is ever more common to find it difficult to find a parking spot at our local beaches in the middle of a summer day. I usually avoid the beach on holidays and sunny days during the summer.
Yesterday the water was cold and the waves measly, yet there was no parking available at Grandview. Grandview is near where the city paid to drop dirt from Pacific Station. The sand level at Grandview has not perceivable increased since the drop. It doesn't matter. More sand would not have put more people on the beach.
See Also: Sand Series