There has been a lot of concern about the Beacons Beach Access project agenda item. I wanted to provide you a brief summarry of the situation as to the facts as I know them after talking with staff and the state.
Please share this information with your board as well as other interested parties.
Information on Beacons Bach agenda item.
The city originally applied for grant funds for both the Beacons Beach Access project and the Moonlight Beach Master Plan project. The Beacons Beach project was awarded grant funds the Moonlight Beach project was not.
Beacons Beach is a state beach and the city working with the state parks staff proposed the Beacons Beach access project. The city stayed in contact and worked with the state park staff all the way through the planning process and ceqa.
In the eleventh hour the state parks department could not support the Beacons Beach project as it was inconsistent with the states general plan. It should be noted that many individuals as well as environmental groups were strenuously opposssed and challenged the project.
The states general plan calls for natural retreat of the coast line and state parks could not support the project on a state beach due to the inconstancy with the states general plan.
The city has no recourse on the determination by the state not to support the project. Any decision that would alter this would occur at the state parks and not the city council level.
What the city did do and in my opinion it was very wise, was to first express serious disappointment in the state ruling and then asked the state if the funds could be used for the Moonlight Beach project instead. The state said that it could use the funds for Moonlight thus the agenda item for Wednesdays council meeting.
If not for this the city would lose the money entirely.
For more information please call Chris Hazeltine at 760-943-2210
Hwy 101 Corridor Coordinator
818 S. Coast Hwy 101