Sea Wall Goes Up, Protest Begins

Issue of public safety or public protection?

Local surfers protest construction of a new sea wall while homeowners say that the wall is much-needed protection against erosion, reports our media partner, the North County Times.  

Workers began pouring concrete Monday for a new sea wall at Terramar beach in southern Carlsbad. When finished, the $500,000 wall will be about 95 feet long and vary in height from 23 to 32 feet, according to a project permit. The permit also states that the wall will be made of textured, colored concrete to blend in with the scenery. The structure is designed to hold up a section of coastal bluffs that holds two multimillion dollar beachfront homes.

The sea wall is a necessity because the section of bluffs that the wall will protect has repeatedly dropped large amounts of sand onto the beach below, property owner Dean A. Goetz told the North County Times. "The first time it fell, we lost four or five feet by probably about 35 feet long," said Goetz. "If anybody had been down there, I think they would have been killed."

Those outraged over the new construction say the wall could ruin a quiet and picturesque stretch of shoreline that's favored by locals. Terramar is a small cove at the end of a long concrete staircase west of Carlsbad Boulevard and south of Cannon Road. For more of this article visit the North County Times website.

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