Solana Beach sea wall fees available to public online

Bluffside property owners who wish to construct sea walls to protect their homes from the eroding cliffs above the 1.7-mile Solana Beach coastline now have 60 days to review the proposed mitigation fees they would have to pay.

The purpose of a sea wall is to keep the bluffs from eroding to the point that it is no longer safe for homeowners to live in their property. A byproduct of stopping erosion is that it keeps the beach from getting larger as the cliffs gradually disintegrate. Those who wish to construct a sea wall, which would sit on public property, would have to pay the city fees to offset the effects the sea walls impose.

A presentation given to the council from the consulting firm PMC outlined these costs. The presentation concluded that sea wall owners would have to pay to offset the loss of beach for the 109,000 estimated visitors per year. Each adult was calculated as worth $19.83, and a total of $1.7 million annually would need to be mitigated. Consultants used those figures to come up with a land-lease rate of $4.80 per square foot that would apply across the board, no matter how heavily traveled a certain part of beach is.

The square footage to be paid for would increase based on an erosion rate of 0.4 feet per year. The lease of the property would run for 72 years, so for example, a 50-foot sea wall would cost $286,848 in mitigation fees.

Sea wall builders would either be able to pay off this charge in full, or will have the option to prepay a third of it, and amortize the other 67 percent of it with 71 annual payments at an interest rate to be determined by the city.

To view the documents during this public comment period, visit cityofsolana

Beautifying the new pump station

The city may have formally dedicated the brand-new Eden Gardens sewer pump station on April 14, but it is still short one final piece: a sculpture signifying the pump station, as well as its location at the entrance to Solana Beach.

An artist’s rendering of an underwater, coral-themed “Solana Beach” sign will be available for public comment for the next 30 days. Earlier this year, the city held a ceremony dedicating the gull sculpture overlooking Fletcher Cove, as well as a new mural outside the public library.

The $5.1 million station goes 18 feet underground, and will serve the half of the city that needs its sewage pumped to the San Elijo treatment facility. Construction began in 2008 to replace the current pump, now 50 years old and reaching its service limit.

Also part of the project was new landscaping, sidewalks and a bus stop. Councilman Dave Roberts said the pump station is an integral part of Solana Beach’s infrastructure.

“People don’t realize what it takes to really run a city and provide our quality of life. This pump station really adds to that,” he said. “This pump station is critical to Solana Beach because we cannot have an environmental spill. We really had to make sure that we did it right.”

Security patrol for Solana Beach

The council voted unanimously to allocate at least $10,000 from now until June 30 for a private security firm to patrol city parks after hours for four nights a week.

City staff reports that a two-year experimental program for security patrol during the summer months successfully deterred incidents of vandalism and graffiti at La Colonia and Fletcher Cove parks. It started as two nights per week, and then increased to four nights last summer.

In an effort to limit vandalism and homeless encampment in public restrooms when staff is unavailable to lock them, the guards will also now open and close the facilities according to park hours. The council will later decide whether to invest in the program for more than four nights a week next fiscal year.

Related posts:

  1. Tonight’s public workshop will address development fees in Del Mar
  2. Images of proposed Solana Beach entry sign available for public review
  3. Solana Beach adopts state PACE program
  4. Watch for workshop on design review permit fees
  5. Council OKs sea wall, plans for La Colonia

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