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Efforts To Save Popular South Coast Beach From Erosion Advancing

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:30pm

Efforts to come up with long term plans to deal with erosion at a popular South Coast beach are advancing.

It’s the latest attempt to come up with a way to save Goleta Beach County Park.  What’s being called the “Goleta Beach 2.0” Plan” calls for moving part of the park back from the beach, in a managed retreat.  43,000 square feet of parking lot would be removed, and returned to beach.  Five underground utility lines would be relocated out of the coastal zone. A 500 foot long earth berm would be created at the west end of the beach, while 950 feet of emergency rock berms would be removed.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors authorized staff to begin receiving requests for proposals to develop an environmental impact report for the project, which has the support of some leading local environmental groups.

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