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LCP Grant Awards

The second round of LCP Local Assistance Grants have been awarded. On November 12, the Coastal Commission awarded 12 grants to local governments to assist with updating and certifying LCPs, with a special emphasis on preparing for sea-level rise. For more information, visit the LCP Grant Awards page.

Martins Beach Survey

The Commission is seeking to document possible historic rights of public access at Martins Beach in San Mateo County, CA. Press Release. To fill out the Prescriptive Rights Survey please click here. To see the background exhibits click here. To receive a survey form by mail, contact MartinsBeachPRS@coastal.ca.gov

Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

California students in kindergarten through 12th grades are invited to submit artwork or poetry showing their creativity on the subject of the California coast and ocean. Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2015. For more information, visit the contest page.

Press Releases

Public Access Restored at Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu

Coastal Commission & State Lands Commission restore public access & surfing to Paradise Cove in Malibu. Owner agrees to remove signs, open gate, & drop walk-in fees.

The California King Tides are Coming Soon

Join the California King Tides Project on our 5th anniversary to capture this winter's highest tides, or King Tides, December 21- 23, January 19-21, and February 17-19, and catch a glimpse of what the state can expect as sea levels rise. Participating is easy: simply grab your camera or smart phone and head to the coast or bay during the high tides, and post your photos on the California King Tides Project's Facebook & Flickr pages with the time, date, and location of the image. For more information, visit california.kingtides.net.

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Public Access to be restored at Ontario Ridge

Pursuant to the order issued by the Commission in July 2014, plans have been submitted & approved for removal of all of the unpermitted development that have been blocking public access to this popular hiking trail between Pismo & Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County, including all of the gates & fences & "no trespassing signs" ... more

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Martins Beach reflects Californians' choice to protect coastal access

Martins Beach owner Vinod Khosla has made a series of wild charges against the California Coastal Commission, including coercion and unfair treatment. Khosla purchased a property near Half Moon Bay that has had a long and obvious use by the public. He then closed the road historically used by the public to access the beach. But under the Coastal Act of 1976, closing the road requires a development permit, and Khosla's failure to apply for one is a violation of the law ... more

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Expert Panel Releases Final Phase 1 Report on Huntington Beach Subsurface Desal Intakes

Commission staff, Poseidon Water, and CONCUR, Inc. convened an Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel to review the feasibility of various intake methods for Poseidon's proposed desalination facility in Huntington Beach, Orange County. The Panel's Final Phase 1 Report, "Technical Feasibility of Subsurface Intake Designs for the Proposed Poseidon Water Desalination Facility at Huntington Beach, California," is now available for review. As noted in this accompanying announcement, the Panel will soon start work on Phase 2 of its study, which will focus on other aspects of feasibility, such as cost and environmental benefits and impacts.

Broad Beach Rock Revetment and Beach Nourishment Project

The Broad Beach Geologic Hazard Abatement District has submitted a coastal development application (CDP 4-12-043) for permanent authorization of an approximately 4,150 ft. long as-built, temporary rock revetment constructed pursuant to two emergency coastal development permits. In addition, the project includes implementation of a beach nourishment program for a period of 20 years involving deposition of 600,000 cu. yds. of sand on the beach from inland sand quarries during the first year and approximately 450,000 cu. yds. of sand during the tenth year of the program; periodic sand backpassing operations to occur no more than once per year, and dune habitat restoration, at Broad Beach (from 30708 Broad Beach Road to 6525 Point Lechuza Road), Malibu. The Proposed Project Plans, the Dunes Restoration Plans and the Final Revised Analysis of Public Trust Resources by the State Lands Commission for the project are all available for review.

Sea-Level Rise

Commission staff is in the process of updating the Draft Sea-Level Rise Policy Guidance in response to comments. It is anticipated that a revised draft will be presented to the Commission in the fall. For more information, visit the SLR Guidance page.

Coastal Stewardship

Make a difference for our coast and ocean through everyday choices, wherever you may be. Join your friends and neighbors in becoming a Coastal Steward. Find out how you can help.

Green Building

Did you know that the California Coastal Commission offers a 40% discount on permit application fees for green building projects? Find out how.

Coastal Program Policy

Briefings such as the Federal Consistency Program Briefing from February 9, as well as previous ones on open meetings, vertical accessways, wetlands, and the Coastal Act.

January Commission Meeting