Should The Path At Beacons Stay Funky?

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No matter what you have in front of you, chocolate vs vanilla, tea vs coffee, shortboard vs longboard, there are always at least two sides. It is the same with your favorite, 70’s (or earlier) vibe path to your favorite beach. What’s your side?

Here is news about the trail down the bluff at Beacon’s Beach.

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From The Coast News Jul 21 2018 After 4-hour meeting filled with emotional testimony on both sides of a proposed concrete staircase at Beacon’s Beach, the Encinitas Planning Commission sent a clear message:

The staircase is not a good fit for the beach.

The Planning Commission voted 4-0 July 19 to send the project back to staff, rejecting staff’s recommendation – which was endorsed by the Surfrider Foundation, California Coastal Commission and Department of State Parks – to move swiftly to construct the stairs to avoid a bluff-top collapse that could destroy the beach’s iconic switchback staircase and parking lot.

Siding with residents who came out in force to oppose the proposal, the commissioners said the staff needed to gather more community input and find a solution that fits more with the natural setting of the beach.

“I think it needs to look a lot better,” Commission chairman Glenn O’Grady said. “It needs to blend in a lot better.”

From NBC 7 San Diego Battle Brews at Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas Over Iconic Trail

The Beacon’s Beach stairs are causing a stir between surfers and city workers
By Danielle Radin

NBC 7’s Danielle Radin talks to surfers and beachgoers about a proposal for an iconic trail in Encinitas that leads to Beacon’s Beach. (Published Thursday, July 12, 2018)

From The Coast News  Group opposes city’s staircase proposal at Beacon’s Beach

ENCINITAS — A group of residents is urging the city to reconsider plans for a large, concrete staircase at Beacon’s Beach to supplement, and ultimately replace, the iconic switchback staircase beachgoers currently use.

The group, called “Preserve Beacon’s,” has mounted a petition drive and campaign in advance of the July 19 Planning Commission consideration of a coastal development permit for the proposed staircase.

Encinitas has been grappling with how to fix the unstable coastal bluff that threatens the switchback staircase and the parking lot atop the coastal bluff at the beach.

After its initial attempts failed to pass muster with the California Coastal Commission and Department of State Parks, city staff in 2017 emerged with a plan to relocate the parking lot further landward and build a new staircase to replace the iconic switchback staircase with one similar to those at Grandview and Swami’s beaches.

The City Council approved as part of its 2018-19 budget $4.15 million for the project — $750,000 for engineering and the balance for construction. City officials hope to break ground on the project by October.

Read more… Group opposes city’s staircase proposal at Beacon’s Beach

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