West Coast
Steve Puterski

CA - Carlsbad officials blast Oceanside's sand replenishment plans

During its Jan. 11 meeting, the Carlsbad City Council approved a resolution opposing the City of Oceanside’s plan to construct four groins and a sand bypass system designed to minimize sand loss at the city’s beaches.

CARLSBAD — A battle over sand is brewing between the neighboring cities of Oceanside and Carlsbad.

During its Jan. 11 meeting, the Carlsbad City Council approved a resolution opposing the City of Oceanside’s plan to construct four groins and a sand bypass system designed to minimize sand loss at the city’s beaches.

Hundreds of residents, mostly from Oceanside, either wrote letters or called into the meeting urging Carlsbad officials to work collaboratively with their neighbors to the north, despite the Oceanside City Council approving a pilot program without first contacting any other coastal city.

Oceanside has been struggling with beach erosion for nearly 80 years following the construction of Camp Pendleton’s harbor in 1942, and sand nourishment projects alone have not been helping to keep sand on the beach.

Kyle Lancaster, Carlsbad’s director of parks and recreation, said Oceanside experiences a loss of sand between 100,000 to 200,000-cubic yards each year.

But Oceanside’s plan must first be approved by the California Coastal Commission.

Oceanside is calling for at least four, 600-foot groins spaced 1,000 feet apart along the pilot area. The staff report said an estimated 300,000-cubic-yards of sand would be deposited in the groin fields to start the proposed project.

This irony did not sit well with Carlsbad Councilman Peder Norby, who blasted the Oceanside City Council for passing the action item in August without first consulting with Carlsbad officials.

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