|Description||The Coastal Commission’s September meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, September 13 to Friday, September 15. The meeting featured several important informational updates including a presentation from the US Geological Survey on new coastal groundwater rise modeling, an overview of the Coastal Commission’s draft critical infrastructure sea level rise guidance and an update from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on the status of offshore wind development proposals. Notably, Santa Barbara County withdrew their local coastal program update for coastal hazards in disagreement with staff’s suggested modifications. The Executive Director and several Commissioners remarked on their disappointment with the County’s decision and the importance of proactive sea level rise planning. The meeting resulted in one vote chart, the resolution of a public access violation at Campland and the Mission Bay RV Resort in Mission Bay.|
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|Campland and Mission Bay RV Resort - Public Access Enforcement||On Thursday, Coastal Commission staff presented the ongoing public access violations at Campland and the Mission Bay RV Resort that have been effectively privatizing bay beaches. The violations effectively walled off public beaches and included documented cases of asking people to move.
The Commission approved the administrative order in cooperation with the violator to: 1) remove unpermitted development, including signs and other obstructions that restrict access to beaches and public parking areas, 2) provide additional public access amenities on the property, and 3) cease and desist from undertaking additional unpermitted development. The levied fines and penalties totaled approximately $1 million.
Commissioners approved the administration order according to the staff recommendation and included two additional amenities in the orders; public picnic tables and bird watching amenities as suggested by the San Diego Audubon Society.