Gaviota State Beach Pier Repair

From ActCoastal

Month September
Year 2019
Summary The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) submitted a coastal development permit for the repair and reconstruction of the pier at Gaviota State Park as well as the installation of a rip-rap seawall. The Gaviota pier provided the only public boat launch facility used to access Hollister and Bixby Ranches, which are otherwise inaccessible. The staff recommendation approved the pier rebuild, however prohibited the riprap seawall, instead requiring State Parks to design the landward portion of the pier with a metal grated material to avoid the need for a seawall. State Parks claims that option is feasible; however the agency opposed the recommendation due to financial concerns. The Surfrider Foundation strongly supported the staff recommendation, citing the potential for sensitive habitat impacts within the Kashayit Marine Conservation Area and unmitigated public access impacts.
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Outcome Description Commissioners Shelly Luce and Mike Wilson expressed support for the staff recommendation. Commissioner Caryl Hart motioned to approve the staff recommendation and Commissioner Steve Padilla seconded the motion.

Commissioner Erik Howell expressed concern that the Commission was unnecessarily micromanaging the boat hoist program and that State Parks should be redesigning this pier to better withstand sea level rise.

Why You Should Care A small increase in funding for a better design is not an excuse to irreparably damage sensitive habitat within a marine protected area and block lateral public beach access.
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Decision Type Coastal Development Permit
Staff Recommendation Approval with conditions
Staff Report
Opposition to Project
Coastal Act Policies Chapter 3

Voting Detail for Gaviota State Beach Pier Repair

Individual vote detail for Issue: Gaviota State Beach Pier Repair
Donne BrownseyGood Vote
Steve PadillaGood Vote
Dayna BochcoGood Vote
Caryl HartGood Vote
Erik HowellBad Vote
Carole GroomGood Vote
Katie RiceGood Vote
Linda EscalanteGood Vote by Alternate
Roberto UrangaGood Vote
Sara AminzadehAbsent for Vote
Mike WilsonGood Vote
Effie Turnbull-SandersAbsent for Vote

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