Sand City “Eco” Resort

Active | September 01 2008

Coastal Preservation

The Monterey Bay Shores Resort is a mixed use development proposed to be located on the west side of Highway 1 in the sand dunes, almost directly east of Seaside High (across the Hwy). The project is actually a resurrected project from the late ‘90s. In its former life, it was a 495 unit hotel/condo/residential development. It was denied by the Coastal Commission in 2000, and was subsequently revised to a somewhat smaller project and denied a permit again in December 2009. The decision stands pending a lawsuit by the developer. The latest version of the proposed project consists of 341 hotel/condo/residential units and is to be built “into the dunes” by removing hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of sand from the dunes. There are a number of additional issues including but not limited to lack of water to supply the project, development of environmentally sensitive habitat area, setback and erosion issues, and traffic.

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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