On March 18, 2014, the Board of Supervisors will receive a report on the Goleta Beach 2.0 EIR project and project alternatives presented in the Proposed Final EIR and select a preferred project for Goleta Beach 2.0. Staff will be directed to submit the selected project as part of a Coastal Development Permit application, including the Proposed Final EIR, to the California Coastal Commission for approval. This plan, including three alternatives, is required by the California Enviromental Quality Act (CEQA), triggers the decimation of Goleta Beach Park as we know and love it. The Friends of Goleta Beach Park continue efforts to protect and save our precious park.
Goleta Beach 2.0, aka “Managed Retreat”, will result in the elimination of 20% of the parking spaces in the park, relocation of three buried utility lines, and the removal of 950 feet of buried structural protection along the seaward front of the park subjecting 2.6 acres of lawn, which is 62%, to storm erosion. Additionally 250′ of protection at the far West end protecting the UCSB bluff and Sewer lift station will also be removed. These protections have been in place for years and have prevented any loss of park area due to the recent severe winter storms. This plan is estimated to cost an additional $3.5M minimum as all the mitigations have not been costed. This is in addition to the nearly $10 million already spent in the last decade.
The Friends of Goleta Beach Park believe that our county supervisors should approve only a plan that utilizes eco-friendly protective measures as safeguards against the known damages that severe winter storms can cause, canary palms proposal pictured below. We urge you to study the facts, data, and publications on our science and data link, as well as the images link to see what erosion damage occurred prior to protection being installed. If you want to see the entire DEIR, CLICK HERE. The best Alternative (#2) is fairly close to the Alternative to 2.0 that Friends submitted to the County for scoping when the EIR was authorized by the Board of Supervisors. Friends submitted a full assessment of our findings, PDF left. – Ed de la Torre