West Los Angeles / Malibu

Broad Beach Restoration Project - Malibu

Active | January 02 2009

Coastal Preservation

The Surfrider Foundation’s West LA / Malibu Chapter has been working to improve beach access and advocate for proper coastal management at Broad Beach since 2005.   The Chapter is presently engaged with a coalition of environmental groups analyzing how the Broad Beach Restoration Project will impact water quality, beach access, delicate tidepools, and public trust lands.   Broad Beach was not always Broad.  The wide sandy beach in the 1970's and 80's was considerably more landward in the late 1800's than the 2009 location.  But by 2005, Lechuza Point had completely eroded away.   In 2005 the homeowners at Broad Beach illegally bulldozed sand from the public beach onto their properties to protect their homes.  Surfrider Foundation protested this action, submitted comment letters, and the Coastal Commission ordered the bulldozing to stop.  As erosion continued, homeowners began constructing temporary seawalls, in some cases without permits.   And in 2010, during large winter storm surge, King Tides, and an El Nino year, the Coastal Commission approved the construction of a temporary rock revetment 4100 ft long and 8 ft high.  In just 10 years the “mean high tide line” has moved considerably landward, such that there is no public beach except at extreme low tides.  In some areas, the rock revetment was placed directly on public lands.  There is direct wave action on the rock revetment, and all indications are that this wave action is causing active erosion along the shore face, with wave reflection pulling additional sand from the beach. 

Coastal Preservation

Beaches are a unique and dynamic landscape that should be protected for the future. The Surfrider Foundation is leading efforts at the state and local levels to protect our shorelines on every coast. Our efforts are focused on establishing appropriate setbacks for development, opposing shoreline structures, and placing coastal lands in public trust.

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Staff Contact Chapter Contact

Nancy Hastings
nhastings@surfrider.org
 

Stefanie Sekich
ssekich@surfrider.org
 

Here is a Briefing Booklet about the Broad Beach issue.  

This Briefing contains six  "2-page" fact sheets that are meant to provide more of a 'high-level view' of the different issues facing Broad Beach.  

Also included in this briefing booklet is a comment letter including very detailed recommendations on "special conditions" put forth by the Coastal Commission; one agency responsible for administrating a permit for the proposed project.