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G-8 <br />BEACH MAINTENANCE POLICY <br />PURPOSE <br />This policy sets forth guidelines for emergency and routine beach maintenance <br />activities occurring within the coastal zone designated by the Coastal Act. <br />HISTORY <br />The General Services Department has traditionally maintained the oceanfront beaches <br />in a manner in which the health, safety, and welfare of persons using the beaches, <br />walls, and bike paths is protected. Due to the changing sand levels resulting from <br />wind, 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 General Services <br />Department has, on request, pulled back the built-up sand from the affected properties <br />in order to reduce potential damages. A sand waiver or hold harmless agreement is <br />provided by the resident before City crews begin work. <br />POLICY <br />In times of potential oceanfront and bayfront emergencies which could result from <br />above-average tides, surf, or erosion, the General Services, Public Works, and Fire and <br />Marine Departments will collectively determine when, where, and how to best protect <br />properties and residents in the most effective manner. An emergency is a sudden <br />unexpected occurrence demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate loss or <br />damage to life, heath, property or essential public services. Action taken could include <br />the cutting~ placement, and construction of sand dikes or berms, the installation of <br />sandbag barriers, or the pumping and diversion of water. Such development requires <br />approval of an emergency permit from the Executive Director of the Coastal <br />Commission. An application will be submitted prior to commencement of the <br />emergency work if time permits, or within 72 hours of the action taken. An emergency <br />permit must be followed up by a regular coastal development permit. The application <br />for the follow-up permit must be submitted to the Coastal Commission’s South Coast <br />District office within 60 days of the date of the emergency permit. If no such <br />application is received the emergency work must be removed in its entirety within <br />1