Wow. The gall of some people stuns me. In an effort to stymie the law which allows ALL PEOPLE access to the California coastline, the Broad Beach Homeowners Association hired earthmovers on June 1st to push wet sand from the beach up onto the higher, flat…and of course, most desirable part of the beach to throw down the old beach blanket. This created 8-foot high walls of un-walkable sand. Not to mention destroyed habitat that supports grunion spawning and who knows what else!
In an article in this mornings LA Times, the homeowners spokesperson said it was to re-create ‘dunes’ lost in this winters storms. But funny how this effectively cuts down access to the beach unless you happen to live above this area. This same homeowners group has already been ordered to remove the no trespassing signs and get rid of the beach patrols they have instituted. But I guess they aren’t satisfied with sharing and want to literally keep their heads buried in the sand to the fact that the coastline is for the public. That means everyone, not just the precious few who bought property facing the beach.
These people should be fined heavily. The only thing self-serving, arrogant wealthy idiots like that respond to is losing their precious dollars. The California Coastal Commission has ordered them to stop moving the sand and remove the equipment….but still. The damage to the beach, the ecosystem and the access is done. I’m writing the California Coastal Commission to support their efforts to keep these beaches open, and I urge you to do the same. This is a travesty.