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Broad Beach Comment Deadline Extended

The State Lands Commission is giving the public more time to provide comments on a proposed restoration project for Broad Beach in Malibu that could use sand taken from off the shores of Manhattan Beach.

The deadline for comments about the proposed Broad Beach Restoration Project has been extended to 5 p.m. on Dec. 21, according to the state Lands Commission. The previous deadline was Friday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.

The Lands Commission is considering a proposal by a group of wealthy property owners in western Malibu to rebuild an eroded beach that affects their property. One of the sources for the 600,000 cubic yards of sand could be the ocean floor off Manhattan Beach.

Homeowners along severely eroded Broad Beach have formed an assessment district to tax themselves to pay for the project, which has been estimated to cost about $20 million.

The plan calls for pumping silty, fine-grain sand ashore from a mudbank just off Broad Beach. This fine sand would be used to restore sand dunes, as wildlife habitat, and would be placed over an existing, emergency rock wall that was rushed into place several years ago to protect houses.

But the assessment district is also looking for a coarser sand to rebuild the beach itself, and is looking at undersea deposits off Manhattan Beach, Dockweiler Beach, and at Ventura Harbor.

The Manhattan Beach City Council registered its disapproval in a letter to the commission, expressing worry about erosion.

About 500,000 cubic yards of sand would be scooped from a 27-acre, L-shape plot about a half-mile off Manhattan Beach, according to an initial analysis, which considered six sites off Manhattan Beach.

Comments can be submitted by email -- put "Broad Beach Restoration Project Comments" in the subject line -- to Jason.Ramos@slc.ca.gov or by U.S. mail to: Jason Ramos, environmental scientist, California State Lands Commission, 100 Howe Ave., Suite 100-South, Sacramento, 95825.

Written comments must be received by the commission by Dec. 21 to be considered at a meeting in Sacramento, when the issue is expected to come up for discussion, in early 2013. 

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