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City Council Supports Goleta Beach Decision
updated: Mar 19, 2014, 8:40 AM

UPDATE: Janet Wolf released a statement regarding Goleta Beach Park.

By Janet Wolf
March 19, 2014 11:45 am

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously supported my motion to direct staff to submit an application to the California Coastal Commission to retain the temporarily permitted rock revetments that have been in place at Goleta Beach Park for over a decade. As I stated during the Board hearing, the debate over "what to do about Goleta Beach" has consumed an inordinate amount of time, money, environmental studies and peace of mind among many people for far too long. At the Board hearing I suggested that we base our decision to retain the revetments upon a well-researched and thorough Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR is not a philosophical or political document; it is a document based upon science and study that informed our decision. (To view the EIR visit SBCountyPlanning.org).

I have great respect for all of the individuals and groups who passionately addressed the Board yesterday, and over the past several years. While there are many differences of opinion, the common thread in all of these comments is a positive desire to preserve the beach and the park for many generations to come.

My office will continue to keep you apprised of developments and "next steps" as the County of Santa Barbara Community Services and Planning and Development Department seek permits before the California Coastal Commission.

Janet Wolf
Second District Supervisor


Source: City of Goleta
March 19, 2014 8:40am

Goleta City Council Supports County's Decision on Goleta Beach

Earlier today the County Board of Supervisors took action on Goleta Beach 2.0. The Board unanimously voted to recommend to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) to keep the rock revetment in place. The County staff will prepare an application to go before the CCC to permit these rocks which were originally placed under an emergency permit. The City had been advocating for a solution of this nature in which the rocks remained in place to protect Goleta Beach and Goleta Beach Park as public assets.

The Goleta City Council is concerned about a lack of compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in the County's decision-making process. In the interest of conserving public dollars, the Council will not pursue legal action at this time. The Council instead fully supports the County's application and plans to actively pursue Coastal Commission approval of the County's request. The City Council voted 5-0 on these actions.

"We are very pleased that the County Supervisors unanimously agreed on alternative 5. Preserving the rock revetment, which has protected the beach and the park for years, is a solution that we can all support," said Mayor Michael T. Bennett. "I look forward to working in partnership with the County to protect this important local resource."

Mission and State reports Supervisor Janet Wolf pushes forward and backs plan to retain rocks at Goleta Beach County Park. (03/20/14)
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