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GOLETA BEACH NEEDS YOUR VOICE

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Goleta Beach is a very special place for this community. Whether it’s a sunny afternoon with your kids building sand castles, a morning walk with your dog, a picnic on the beach while watching the sunset, or a nap on the sand, Goleta Beach is a place you and over a million people visit each year, and one of Santa Barbara County’s most popular beaches. We need your help to protect this special place- March 18.

Starting in the 1960’s, and then in the years that followed, a number of rock seawalls were constructed. Those on the park’s west end are unpermitted and illegal. Unless we take action and remove these seawalls, they threaten to erode and eliminate Goleta’s largest sandy beach. Imagine going to Goleta Beach and seeing no beach!

On March 18 at 1:30 pm the County Board of Supervisors will be reviewing a management plan for Goleta Beach.  We need you to lend your voice to help protect our community's beach and park from storm damage, sea level rise and the illegal seawall. 

The project removes these illegal rock seawalls and protects the beach. It is also a compromise. It leaves all the other rock seawalls - which are permitted - at the east end and in front of the pier, restaurant and other facilities and adds 250-feet of cobble berm protection in front of the Goleta Sanitary District vault near the restaurant. The Environmental Defense Center and Surfrider are also open to considering a hybrid alternative to the above project which would still remove the unpermitted revetments, retain the existing number of parking spaces, but also install a cobble berm to better protect the park, the restaurant and the beach.
 
Removing the illegal seawall and moving the sewer line out of the erosion hazard zone will allow the beach to expand naturally, providing a larger sandy beach for recreation – including beach walks, sun-bathing and sand castle building, more habitat for shorebirds, and a nicer beach park for all to enjoy. 

County Board of Supervisors Hearing on Goleta Beach
Tuesday, March 18, 1:30-4:00 pm
County Admin Building, 4th floor 105 E Anapamu, Santa Barbara

Please also call the supervisors to let them know you want the rock seawall removed and the park and beach protected:
Janet Wolf: 805-568-2191,  jwolf@sbcbos2.org
Doreen Farr: 805-568-2192,  dfarr@countyofsb.org
Salud Carbajal: 805-568-2186,  SupervisorCarbajal@sbcbos1.org
Supervisor Adam: 805-346-8407, peter.adam@countyofsb.org
Supervisor Lavignino: 805-346-8400,  steve.lavagnino@countyofsb.org

For more information, check out our factsheet, call EDC at 805-963-1622 visit our website, or read more about the project on the County's website.

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