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Year 2016
Month November
Location Half Moon Bay
Description Request by Cartel Management Inc. to authorize an additional four years of the Titans of Mavericks surf contest subject to similar parameters as originally permitted.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
ATF Shoreline Armoring Goleta Beach This is a request by Santa Barbara County to amend a permit granted with conditions to include after-the-fact authorization for installation and retention of 3 sections of geotextile cells filled with cobble and earth that are located downcoast of the approved rock revetment and are approx. 10-20 ft. wide, 9-12 ft. high, and total 415 linear ft. at back of beach and within central lawn area of Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara County.

In May 2015, the Commission approved the retention of a 1,200 ft. rock revetment at the west end of the beach park for a 20 year limited, conditional term in order to protect the park’s public recreational facilities and utilities during periods of erosion. However, storm damage during the 2015/2016 El Niño season significantly eroded the unprotected beach and lawn area in the central portion of the park located downcoast of the approved rock revetment, created sinkholes and crevasses within the lawn area, and threatened existing park facilities. In March 2016, the County applied for, and received, an Emergency CDP to backfill the sinkholes with cobble and compacted soil.

However, in response to rapidly changing conditions in the field, the County installed the geotextile cells that are the subject of this permit amendment in three discrete sections or reaches along a 415 foot length of the park’s eroded lawn area.

The amendment proposes to retain the unpermitted development. Staff recommended approval with conditions that require re-evaluate the plan after 20 years or if the revetment is exposed for 24 months in total from the date of permit issuance.

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Marin County LCP Update Marin County has been working on a comprehensive update to its Local Coastal Program (LCP) for the past eight years. The update represents a significant policy shift in how Marin’s agricultural production lands, which comprise 2/3 of its coastal zone, are to be regulated. The LCP update also included a new Environmental Hazards chapter, but the County’s version was contrary to the Commission’s Sea Level Rise Guidance Policy, which was unanimously adopted by the Commission in August of 2015, in a number of ways. Coastal Commission staff attempted to bring Marin County’s LCP update into compliance with the Coastal Act by making numerous modifications, but the substantial policy changes went too far and did not receive the required CEQA alternatives analysis. Despite this, the Commission voted to approve the LCP update with Commission staff’s modifications. However, the Commission delayed approval of the controversial Environmental Hazards chapter after numerous property owners protested at the public hearing. Not Yet Decided
Titans of Mavericks Surf Contest Request by Cartel Management Inc. to authorize an additional four years of the Titans of Mavericks surf contest subject to similar parameters as originally permitted. The original 2015 CDP authorized activities related to the one-day ‘Titans of Mavericks” surf contest (between November 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016) near Pillar Point Harbor, including exclusive use of the offshore surfing area, closing a portion of the West Trail and the Pillar Point Marsh parking lot, limiting use of Harbor shoreline areas, and implementing traffic and parking controls throughout Princeton-by-the-Sea in San Mateo County.

The CDP also allowed Titans of Mavericks to request an amendment to the CDP after the first year, for a four-year extension of the CDP if the applicant included a plan for the inclusion of women competitors in subsequent event years. The Commissioners’ deliberation during the November 5, 2015 hearing clearly demonstrates their desire to have the applicant include women competitors in the current contest year, 2016-17.

As originally submitted, the permit amendment proposed to include women as competitors starting in the 2017-2018 event calendar. At the final hour on October 19th, the applicant - facing denial of the amendment - submitted additional information that they will include at least one heat for women competitors in this year’s event as well as in future years’ events, without any further details.

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Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

November 2016 Meeting

Green Dot.png = Positive Conservation Vote         Red Dot.png = Negative Conservation Vote

Commissioner ATF Shoreline Armoring Goleta BeachMarin County LCP UpdateTitans of Mavericks Surf Contest
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Good Vote Bad Vote Good Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Good Vote Bad Vote Good Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Vote Unavailable Vote Unavailable Absent for Vote
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Bad Vote Absent for Vote Good Vote
GCox.png Greg Cox Bad Vote Bad Vote Good Vote
Vargas.jpg Mark Vargas Bad Vote Bad Vote Good Vote
McClure.jpg Martha McClure Bad Vote Bad Vote Good Vote
Shallenberger.jpg Mary K. Shallenberger Good Vote Good Vote Good Vote
BVWtY5tv.jpeg Mary Luevano Good Vote Bad Vote Good Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Bad Vote Bad Vote Good Vote
Kinsey.jpg Steve Kinsey Bad Vote Bad Vote Good Vote
Mitchell.jpg Wendy Mitchell Bad Vote Bad Vote Absent for Vote