West Coast
Paul Bersebach / Orange County Register/SCNG

CA - Coastal Commission Gives OC Parks More Time to Plan for Capo Beach’s Future

Rock boulders and sand bags serving as a bandage to save what’s left at Capistrano Beach can remain – for now.

The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 9, voted 8 to 2 in favor of a proposal that will give OC Parks added time to figure out what to do with the small stretch of beach that has been battered by the coast.

While the meeting centered around this part of the coast, wedged between Doheny State Beach and a private beach-front community, much of the two-hour debate circled around the ongoing challenges with sea-levels rise and the frustration with “hard armoring” emergency measures that stay longer than intended.

A plan and update must come before the commission in one year, with an option to extend an additional year given the county has made progress moving forward in finding a solution, commissioners said.

“In my mind, this is a classic example of the present and future impacts of sea-level rise,” Vice Chair Donne Brownsey said. “Clearly, they are committed to this community, committed to try and find the right solution to find an answer to an unanswerable question – which is going to face so many of our communities up and down the state.”

Read more.