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‘Erodible’ infill on Solana Beach’s bluff rebuffed by Coastal Commission

‘Erodible’ infill on Solana Beach’s bluff rebuffed by Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission last month rejected a proposal to install concrete infills that would bolster a 90-foot gash in Solana Beach’s bluffs — a reversal in policy that commissioners justified by saying the time has come to make “hard decisions” that back California away from armoring its shoreline.

The case concerns two homes on Pacific Avenue, immediately north of Fletcher Cove Community Center — that of Robert Monroe and his neighbors to the south, Norm and Gretchen Sloan. State engineers do not consider the homes to be in imminent danger, but say that filling the 90-foot notch with the concrete mix will stave off the bluff’s collapse.

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