By Tom Modugno
We were down at Haskells Beach last Saturday and took a walk up towards the pier. A beautiful afternoon, the beach was crowded with locals and tourists enjoying the day. As we passed the beach access for the Bacara, we noticed all this ugly debris in the embankment, so we took a closer look.
There's a lot of black tarp that looks like a plastic liner, probably a failed attempt to retain the hillside. There's also several black plastic irrigation lines and white PVC piping that was surely installed by the Bacara and now is being washed out to sea. (When they built the hotel they put irrigation all over the grounds to maintain the "native landscaping", still visible on the public access trail.)
There's also quite a bit of old steel piping that's probably remnants of the oil processing days.(Why weren't they required to clean all that before they built a hotel on top of it?)
All in all, an eyesore. Yet, there were guests all around taking photos and even a wedding happening right in front of the mess.
Seems to me, the Ritz Carlton would have a little concern about their reputation and the cleanliness of their fine resorts. And how about their guests' safety? Rusty pipes sticking out of the hillside can't be safe.
Maybe they haven't noticed? A friend said he called the Bacara a week ago and spoke to the manager about it, and the manager told him "he would talk to the grounds people". So far no change. Not sure if the Coastal Commission would be able to help here? Maybe if enough concerned citizens call the Bacara they'll clean it up?
Should we just look the other way and ignore it?