Funds directly benefit coastal conservation, education, and recreation programs.
The Coastal Act provides that certain local government coastal permits may be appealed to the Commission for review of their conformity with LCPs and the Coastal Act as applicable. Currently pending appealable permits, and information about the appeal process, may be viewed at the link below.
On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, the Coastal Commission unanimously adopted the Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance document as interpretive guidelines for Local Coastal Programs and Coastal Development Permit applicants. The Guidance is intended to assist in the preparation for sea level rise within the context of the Coastal Act.
On May 19, an oil spill occurred near Refugio State Beach, in Santa Barbara County. The Coastal Commission is coordinating with other local, state, & federal agencies on ongoing response & recovery efforts. For the latest information on the spill visit CalSpillWatch or call the Joint Information Center at (805) 770-3682.
A judge ruled that the city of Dana Point could not use claims of public nuisance to limit public beach access through a gated community of multimillion dollar homes.
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 Draft Phase 2 Report, "Feasibility of Subsurface Intake Designs for the Proposed Poseidon Water Desalination Facility at Huntington Beach, California," (and accompanying appendices) is now available for review. Today's publication marks the start of a public comment period on the report that will run through September 10, 2015. In addition, the conveners have scheduled a public meeting in Huntington Beach on August 27th to allow the Panel to present the report, answer questions, and accept comments. Please see this announcement for details.
Just in time for summer, the California Coastal Commission announces the release of our newest guide to the California coast! YourCoast is a free Web app with all the valuable information from the California Coastal Commission's popular California Coastal Access Guide and Experience the California Coast series.
Following a decade long legal fight, the Coastal Commission is pleased to announce the opening of a new public path to one of Malibu's most beautiful beaches.
Read about the Coastal Commission's many accomplishments in 2014 in this new report. Topics include the LCP Program, Climate Change Adaptation, Enforcing Public Access to the Coast, and Protection of Lower Cost Overnight Accommodations.
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
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
The Commission is seeking to document possible historic rights of public access at Martins Beach in San Mateo County, CA. Press Release. To see the background exhibits click here. To receive a survey form by mail, please contact us & Take the Survey
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.
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.
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.