Monday, June 13, 2005

Ritz to remove illegal seawall

For years now, the bluff below the Ritz Carlton hotel in Half Moon Bay has been supported by an illegal 270-foot-long seawall, created by riprap (hunks of granite) placed in an attempt to keep the green for the golf course's vaunted 18th hole from eroding into the Pacific.

As reports, Ocean Colony Partners has not only withdrawn their application for an after-the-fact permit for a seawall (fought vociferously by CGF and others) but also agreed to remove all the rip-rap rocks (placed without permits) from the face of the bluff and move the green away from the coastline, allowing natural erosion to continue.

The excellent documentary film Coastal Clash covers the controversial issue of seawalls quite well: they simply displace erosion, and cause plenty of other problems elsewhere.


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