Malibu, CA: Broad Beach Sand Project Costs Jump to $55-60 Million Per Decade

Water under beachfront homes, Malibu, California. Captions and Photo source: ©© LA Waterkeeper


The Broad Beach Geologic Hazard Abatement District (GHAD) is now contending with another set of lawsuits over a project originally estimated to cost about $20 million, which is now estimated to cost $55 to $60 million every 10 years.The project will involve bringing in megatons of sand every few years to restore the disappearing beach and dunes in front of a pricey mile of real estate that includes 131 properties…

Broad Beach is proposing a complex project that involves importing as much as 600,000 cubic yards of sand—beginning with 300,000 cubic yards—and placing it on top of the existing 4,150-foot-long rock revetment in order to restore the beach and sand dunes. The sand will continue to wash away over time and the need for replenishment will be ongoing in the future…

Read Full Article, The Malibu Times (10-26-2017)

Residents to Pay for Sand Replenishment at Malibu Beach, CA; ABC News (10-26-2015)
Residents of Malibu’s Broad Beach have agreed to pay $31 million over the next decade to truck in tons of sand to build up the diminished shoreline filled with homes of the rich and famous…

Malibu’s Residents Plot New $20 Million Plan to Stop Sand Erosion, Hollywood Reporter (05-24-2014)

Is Beach Renourishment Worth The Money? WWAY News (02-16-2015)

Editorial: Beach Replenishment is No Cure-All, Asburry Park Press (05-14-2015)

Waikiki Beach Eroding Less Than A Year After $2.2M Sand Restoration, Pacific Business News (01-24-2013)

Rising seas threaten nearly $1 trillion worth of US homes, and most of them are moderately priced; CNBC (10-18-2017)
If sea levels were to rise 6 feet, 1.9 million homes, or $916 billion worth of U.S. residential real estate, could be lost, according to a new report…

Coastal geologist criticizes beach renourishment efforts; By Robert S. Young, PhD; The State (08-17-2016)
Rob Young, who heads the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, said the government is subsidizing coastal development with renourishment money – and that’s costing taxpayers. Communities across the country have spent millions of dollars renourishing beaches. Those efforts encourage people to rebuild after every major hurricane…

Economy Winner, Environment Loser in Renourishment; Pensacola News Journal (12-02-2015)

“North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving,” A Video featuring Orrin Pilkey, PhD
World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem…

Beach replenishment may have far reaching impacts on ecosystems;” Phys.Org (03-29-2016)
UC San Diego biologists who examined the biological impact of replenishing eroded beaches with offshore sand found that such beach replenishment efforts could have long-term negative impacts on coastal ecosystems…

Let’s end war with ocean, Op-Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey
The immediate future most certainly holds more miles of sandbags, resulting in more narrowed and ugly beaches.But this trend can be halted and reversed. Now is the time to make peace with the ocean.The time is now to stop sandbagging, both physically with no more shore-hardening structures, and politically with no more exceptions to the intent of the rules, no more undermining existing legislation, and a return to enforcement…

The only answer to rising seas is to retreat; By Orrin H. Pilkey & Keith C. Pilkey; The News & Observer (10-18-2017)

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