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BEACH MAINTENANCE POLICY <br />Purpose <br />This policy sets forth guidelines for emergency and routine beach maintenance activities <br />occurring within the coastal zone designated by the Coastal Act. <br />History <br />The Municipal Operations Department has traditionally maintained the oceanfront <br />beaches in a manner in which the health, safety, and welfare of persons using the beaches, <br />walks, and bike paths is protected. Due to the changing sand levels resulting from wind, <br />storm, and tidal conditions, it is imperative to remove the built-up sand before it <br />accumulates on the oceanfront paths, which could result in serious liability concerns for <br />the City. <br />Shifting sands also result in damage to oceanfront properties due to increased pressure <br />on retaining walls which can cause the walls to fall. As a service, the Municipal <br />Operations Department has, on request, pulled back the built-up sand from the affected <br />properties in order to reduce potential damages. A sand waiver or hold harmless <br />agreement is provided by the resident before City crews begin work. <br />Policy <br />In times of potential oceanfront and bayfront emergencies which could result from above- <br />average tides, surf, or erosion, the Municipal Operations Department in conjunction with <br />the, Public Works, and Fire and Marine Departments will determine when, where, and <br />how to best protect properties and residents in the most effective manner. An emergency <br />is a sudden unexpected occurrence demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate <br />loss or damage to life, heath, property or essential public services. Action taken could <br />include the cutting, placement, and construction of sand dikes or berms, the installation <br />of sandbag barriers, or the pumping and diversion of water. Such development requires <br />approval of a coastal development permit consistent with the City's certified Local <br />Coastal Program. Temporary sand berms and/or permanent sand dunes shall be sited <br />and designed to minimize significant impacts to coastal access and resources. Temporary <br />sand berms shall avoid all areas of existing southern foredune and southern dune scrub <br />habitat. When feasible, nonstructural methods (e.g. dune restoration, sand nourishment, <br />etc.) shall be used instead of shoreline protective measures. <br />The Municipal Operations Department and its contractors currently performs many <br />routine maintenance activities within the coastal zone. This includes activities such as <br />1 <br />