Cliff Collapses, a Homeowner Begs for Help

By Greg Bledsoe and Lindsay Hood
|  Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM PDT
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She must wait for permission to fix a cliff that collapsed behind her home.

She must wait for permission to fix a cliff that collapsed behind her home.

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There are traces of last week's storm all over San Diego County. On Tuesday, one Encinitas woman was still waiting for permission to begin shoring up a cliff that runs along her backyard.

Barbara Lynch must ask the Coastal Commission for permission to fix the bluff that runs along the back of her home at Grandview and Neptune Streets, which collapsed on Friday morning.

Lynch says she has been trying for a decade to get approval from the Coastal Commission to build something to better restrain the bluff from collapsing.

According to Encinitas city officials, the bluff is part of Lynch's property so she is responsible for all repairs, but she is required to get permission from the Coastal Commission before doing any work. Lynch will also have to get a permit from the city to get access to her property from the beach.

Lynch said, right now she has asked the commission for an emergency permit to fix the cliff.

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