Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA. Photo source: ©© Jon Starbuck
The silver tide that surges through Ocean Beach from dawn to dusk is a surfer’s delight. For San Francisco, however, it is an unrelenting test of nature.
The 3.5-mile shore that lines the city’s western edge draws more than 300,000 visitors annually. More shrouded in fog than in sun, it is not a postcard-perfect stretch of sand. But its condition has worsened for years as waves, heightened by climate change, hammer at bluffs, parking lots and the Great Highway.
Whatever long-term action the city takes will be costly and watched by other coastal communities grappling with the same challenge…