Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street
Count down on the grains. The city’s work on the Sand Compatibility and Opportunistic Use Program, SCOUP, is up-to-date, and moving forward for local approvals. The SCOUP will make it easier for future beach sand replenishment - a priority adaptation measure funded to date by the City’s 2019-20 budget. That’s a start. However, with no funds available for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, it will take longer than initially planned to gain the necessary federal and state approvals. City Principal Planner Amanda Lee reports the item is on its way to the Planning Commission for a recommendation in July and then to the City Council for approval in August. Once approved by the Council there are further hurdles, on the scale of the 12 labors of Hercules, toward approval and implementation. Several federal and state commissions, including the Coastal Commission, are involved. A significant factor is a pending Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) decision on August 6, 2020. If all goes well, RWQCB and the State will rethink and reduce permit fees that over the past two years skyrocketed from thousands in permit fees to hundreds of thousands in costs which has made beach nourishment cost prohibitive for most cities in the region. SANDAG is supportive and is coordinating an effort to get the State’s fees reduced and help the City continue its plans for beach nourishment.