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Surfers Beach Erosion Control and Beach Restoration Project

Surfers Beach Erosion Control and Beach Restoration Project

Background: The Pillar Point outer breakwater was built and is maintained by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. After World War 2, Coastside and other citizens petitioned Congress to provide a harbor of refuge for the fishing fleet. In 1947, the Army Corps of Engineers recommended constructing the breakwater....

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Half Moon Bay Proposed Dredging Project

Half Moon Bay Proposed Dredging Project

PPH Breakwater, Dredging and Beneficial Use at Surfers Beach: Requested Guidance Regarding Further Action A local citizen has approached the Harbor District through Commissioner Campbell about restoring Surfers Beach with clean sand from PPH. Breakwater construction caused scouring that has resulted in severe beach erosion at this location. This problem...

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Harbor pushes on with ramp dredging

Harbor pushes on with ramp dredging

The San Mateo County Harbor Commission last week moved forward with emergency plans to dredge a section of Pillar Point Harbor and move a small mountain of sand elsewhere within the harbor. But the plan has alarmed some observers who were hoping that sand could reinforce Surfer’s Beach and provide...

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Local resident works to save threatened Surfer’s Beach near Half Moon Bay

Local resident works to save threatened Surfer’s Beach near Half Moon Bay

The surfer steps gingerly, one hand clinging to his board, the other pressed against jumbled rocks as he makes his way to the popular surf spot below. His suit blends into the dark crags, but his green board shines like a beacon. Swells smash against the steep rock face, spraying...

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Harbor District takes lead on Surfer’s Beach: Dredging project south of Pillar Point Harbor remains stalled, local agency seeks quicker action

Harbor District takes lead on Surfer’s Beach: Dredging project south of Pillar Point Harbor remains stalled, local agency seeks quicker action

After more than 50 years of Surfer’s Beach slowly eroding away, the San Mateo County Harbor District has opted to take charge of efforts to replenish sand and deter further damage caused by the construction of Pillar Point Harbor. The district’s Board of Commissioners unanimously voted last week to take...

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