Terramar Seawall vs. The Surfrider Foundation

by The Editors on June 16, 2009

Z3F7C2Fa09A4Cb003882575D6007D0BbfWhen Dean A. Goetz lost a few feet of his Terramar back yard he got worried enough to get the permits to build a $500,000 concrete wall to “protect beach goers,” according to a story in the North County Times. But at least one surfer didn’t like that.

. . . local surfer Dustin Rosa said the “true nature of their concern is protecting their backyards, not public safety.” . . Rosa contacted the San Diego County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation last week after construction of the wall began. . . . Todd Cardiff, an attorney with the Coast Law Group and an adviser to Surfrider, also rejected the safety argument. He noted that the main bluff collapse in the area occurred Dec. 19 and that the problem couldn’t have been that urgent if the fixes are just beginning now. . . .”We are going to do everything we can do to make them take that sea wall out,” Cardiff said. “This is one of the most cynical attempts to avoid the public process that I’ve seen in a long time.”

It will be interesting to see what happens on this one.

[Link: North County Times]

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

carlsbadistan rocks June 17, 2009 at 3:29 am

They should have never built those 2 houses on the bluff. After all the bluff failures in Leucadia, no one should have certified the ground there as safe to build huge mansions! The houses themselves are garish and now the sea wall will make it look even more overdeveloped.

unlisted June 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm

The previous owner of all three lots had to allow access to the beach. The aforementioned owner was required to help fund beach access (stairs), which approved was approved by the costal commission. When the last two house where built, a person with common sense and no degree in structural engineering could logically concluded that the cliff stability was an issue. In fact, members of the local surf community at the break noted that the houses were beautiful but no one would feel comfortable living an instability environment. My hearts goes out to the owner of the property but they bought or built in an unstable area so buyers beware or build at your own risk. I feel it would be a social injustice if the retaining wall is built.

rich dumb asses September 29, 2009 at 11:29 am

screw this wall, they should learn not to build in a place that is going to collapse, i saw the house go up, thought it was a bad idea, then i saw the wall go up, which is a even worse idea, just cuz u were dumb enough to build ur house next to a cliff doesnt mean we all have to put up with ur many mistakes, thanks for making the high tide backwash even worse… u gonna compensate us for ruining our wave?

Poor dumb asses, KOOKS GO HOME October 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm

You guys must really be choking on bitter grapes. Your responses are juvenile and idiotic.

If you actually owned a home you would do what you could do protect your property. And, BY THE WAY, you are on PRIVATE property when you are on the beach at Terramar. All you goons who think you’re locals can go home from whence you came. These homeowners’ backyards actually reach all the way out to the median tide line. So it is because of their good graces that they ALLOW you to trespass in what is essentially THEIR backyards. I say KUDOS to the contractor(s) who created a seawall that looks almost like natural bluff, with state of the art technology, including proper drainage.

Oh, also by the way, keep your dogs at HOME. It is illegal on EVERY beach in Carlsbad to bring your dog on to the beach, whether on a leash or not.

(And, would you TRY to proof your replies before you hit “submit”? It is extremely trying to read through all your typos.)

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