April 29, 2022
Summary of Anticipated Project Milestones
May 24, 2022 – City Council considers awarding construction contract.
August 30, 2022 – Recommended date for hardscape removals by owners. (Owners listed in Section 5.3 of the Consent Orders).
September 6, 2022 – Removal of encroachments commences.
January 30, 2023 – Anticipated completion of project. Beginning of 120-day Plant Maintenance and Establishment period.
April 30, 2023 – 120-day Plant Maintenance and Establishment task completed. Beginning of 5-year restoration monitoring and maintenance contract.
August 1, 2022
The City’s project is still on track to start on September 6. The City’s contractor, Four Seasons Landscaping, is preparing a detailed construction schedule. I’ll use that to update your regularly on the forecast construction activities.
Five residents with hardscape improvements encroaching onto the beach have elected to pay the City’s contractor to remove those encroachments. Another owner (1504/1510 E. Oceanfront) has elected to remove the hardscape encroachments with his own contractor. Prior to the work, that contractor is required to pull a City Encroachment Permit and will be subject to City requirements and inspection.
Please note: A private contractor is only allowed on the beach if he/she first obtains a City Encroachment Permit.
One of your neighbors pointed out that Beach Bur, one of the proposed restoration plants, is a nuisance for people walking bare-foot. Based on that observation, Beach Bur will not be planted or used in the hydroseed mix.
Please feel free to call me with questions or observations! The City appreciates your help!
Bob Stein, Project Manager, Public Works Department. 949-644-3322
December 21, 2021
The City is under Consent Orders from the California Coastal Commission (CCC Consent Order), to restore beach areas adjacent to private properties from F Street to Channel Road. (Drawings 1 & 2 Regional & Vicinity Map). The City is preparing construction documents to clear the beach of invasive trees, shrubs, lawns, and other non-native plants, as well as other miscellaneous materials, like stepping stones, and then restoring the cleared beach areas with native plants and a hydroseed mix composed of native seeds. Jute netting would also be employed to stabilize the cleared areas while the plants are establishing roots.
A common concern for many property owners is the potential for increased sand movement once the beach is cleared of iceplant and other non-native vegetation. A related issue is with the clearing of trees, shrubs and other obstacles, the open space of the restored area will be attractive to trampling by the public.
To address these concerns, the City will propose to the Coastal Commission a modification to the preliminarily approved plan as follows.
All vegetation would be removed at one time using mechanical methods over a 4- to 6-week period. Herbicide would not be used. The cleared areas would immediately be planted and hydroseeded. (Restoration Plant Photo Gallery). The hydroseed mix includes a binder, a botanical glue used in hydroseeding, to stabilize the sand in the cleared beach areas. The City is recommending covering the hydroseeded areas with a jute netting that would biodegrade in 12 months. Restored areas would be discretely roped off on the periphery of the restored area along with internal fencing breaks to deter trampling within the restored areas.
The planted areas will initially receive weekly hand watering from a water tank towed by a light vehicle. Once the seed germinates and begins stabilizing the restored beach areas, watering will be less frequent.
With Coastal Commission’s approval, the City plans to advertise the project for construction in May 2022 with the construction project award in July 2022. The removals are anticipated to initiate in September 2022 with the project restoration substantially complete within 4 months. The goal is to complete the project by January 2023. The project would then move into a 5-year monitoring and maintenance program, which may include additional seeding, watering and removal of invasive plants.
Prior to the contractor’s start of work, residents are requested to hand carry any furniture/objects from the site that they wish to salvage. Irrigation lines should be cut at the property line and capped off. Please note that vehicles are never allowed onto the beach without City permit. For those cases where there are significant hardscape improvements that need to be removed, City staff will reach out to those owners to discuss options.
This webpage will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.
Bob Stein, Project Manager
Detailed plan information can be found in the links below: