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Malibu Group Wants Manhattan Beach Sand

Register your input to the State Lands Commission by Friday as to whether or not sand off the Manhattan Beach coast should be used in Malibu's Broad Beach restoration project.

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

A group of 124 Malibu homeowners along severely eroded Broad Beach formed an assessment district to tax themselves to pay for the project, which has been estimated to cost about $20 million, the Daily Breeze reported. The resulting beach would be publicly-owned and accessible through two existing public sidewalks and from Zuma Beach.

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.

Attorney Ken Ehrlich, speaking for Broad Beach homeowners, said the Manhattan Beach site was among "a whole host" of spots under consideration.

The State Lands Commission held a public hearing in Malibu Thursday, and has been reviewing potential impacts. Its analysis is posted at bitly.com/Z02SMF.

Written comments must be received by the commission by Friday to be considered at a Dec. 5 meeting in Sacramento, when the issue is expected to come up for discussion.  

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.

Horrified! November 11, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Take our sand, that's bad enough, but what about all of the sea life that makes it their home? It is far from desolate out there. This is decadence and elitism at it's worst. Move your houses back a safe distance behind the tide line where they should have been built in the first place.
Gordon Gecko November 11, 2012 at 06:42 AM
I hear the Broad Beach folks are going to be sued by the city of Manhattan Beach. Broad Beach ought to know better than to pick a fight with Manhattan Beach. Manhattan Beach fought the plastic bag manufacturers all the way to the state Supreme Court and won. Now their plastic bags are banned. Empty your wallets greedy Broad Beach GHAD. Broad Beach is not entitled to any sand until they open their beach to public, per the California Coastal Commission’s directive. The CCC will deny the Broad Beach folks sand unless they comply. Broad Beach (not so broad) residents are trying to protect their ancient west-facing septic tanks under their homes. Instead of stealing sand, pay up and connect to the Malibu sewer system like the other Malibu residents did a long time ago. Import your sand from the Mojave desert like Seal Beach did to renourish their beach! Greed is not good! Go pound sand!
Gerry O'Connor November 11, 2012 at 08:49 PM
There is little question that our city should be quite concerned about any consideration of so disturbing the sand just a half mile from "our" state beach. That said, mere opinion is a dangerously inadequate defense to a well funded challenge, and the one time our City Council publicly and very briefly addressed this matter (at their Sept. 4 meeting) there was absolutely no scientific basis for concern cited either in the staff report nor by any staff or Council member. Instead, Council simply opined in opposition without any attempt to establish any factual basis whatsoever. We deserve better decision making, and in this case, a better defense (assembled publicly) from our elected and appointed officials.
Always Right November 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Bring back the plastic bags!!! Let them have the sand. We did it for Hawaii. And Gecko, slither away!!

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