Defeated Pismo Beach/Shell Beach Seawalls


Chapter: San Luis Obispo
State: CA
Country: USA
Theme: Coastal Preservation
Launch Date: December 03 2010
Completion Date: March 09 2011
Status: Victory

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and City of Pismo Beach had proposed to build two seawalls at St. Andrews Lift Station (Seacliff Dr. and Baker Ave.) and Vista del Mar Lift Station (Vista del Mar Ave. and Ocean Blvd) in Pismo Beach. The initial proposal did not give serious consideration to non-armoring alternatives and failed to recognize existing public access at the St. Andrews site. The San Luis Obispo Chapter conducted a beach access survey and provided photo documentation to help bring access issues to light and wrote comments on the CEQA/NEPA document and to the Coastal Commission to convey the chapter's concerns. On March 9, 2011, the Coastal Commission objected to consistency determination and effectively denied the proposal.