Welcome to Solana Beach (or should we say Solana Walls?)... hearing tomorrow answers that question
I was recently asked to name my favorite beach in the city I live.
I live in Solana Beach and I love the town... but we don't really have beaches.
From mid-tide to high-tide you'd have to swim (or at least get very wet) to walk the shoreline of Solana Beach.
I took the picture to the left at low tide. As you can see, the sea walls aren't exactly subtle. They are massive.
From the water it looks like the entire town is fortressed because... it is.
The beaches are ours, they belong to the public.
They are our open space.
They are our public place for bringing our kids and recreating with our neighbors.
In Solana Beach our beaches are either already gone from mid-tide to high-tide... or they are increasingly dissapearing due to more and more sea walls being built.
Sea walls belong to property owners, not the public.
This is one of those issues where a few people gain and a large number of people lose.
Surfrider needs you at the California Coastal Commission Meeting in Chula Vista tomorrow, March 7th for a precedent setting decision on mitigation for seawalls. The meeting starts at 9am and will be held at the Chula Vista City Hall, Council Chambers (276 Fourth Avenue). Please arrive no later than 9:30am.
Our local chapter has been working with the City of Solana Beach on their Local Coastal Plan (LCP) for almost 10 years and it all comes down to this meeting. This is our last opportunity to ensure proper mitigation for the use of seawalls to protect private property at the expense of public access and beach width. Between climate change and our sand starved beaches, these issues are more important than ever.
Showing your support at hearings like this and providing public comment is the most effective way you can support Surfrider and our mission. We need you and your voice to show the decision makers that we love our beaches and we are paying attention.
Coastal Commission meetings can make for a long day so please arrive at 9:30am and stay as long as you can. Help us protect our public beaches and ensure there is sand and surf for future generations. Our oceans, waves and beaches need your help!