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Commission Mulls Proposal To Import Sand To Broad Beach

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MALIBU (CBSLA.com) — The California State Lands Commission is considering a proposal by some homeowners to import about 600,000 cubic yards of sand to their beach in the city of Malibu.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO reported Saturday that the group of more than 100 residents live along the severely eroded Broad Beach.

They want to pay $20 million to bring in sand dredged from the ocean floor, mostly near Manhattan Beach.

The resulting beach would be publicly owned and accessible through public sidewalks and from Zuma beach.

Manhattan Beach, however, opposes the plan, citing fears of more erosion along its shoreline.

Ken Ehrlich, an attorney speaking on behalf of the Broad Beach homeowners, said the Manhattan Beach site is among “a whole host” of spots under consideration.

On Thursday, the State Lands Commission held a public hearing on the issue and are welcoming written comments.

Comments received by Nov. 16 will be considered in preparation for a Dec. 5 hearing on the project. They can be submitted by email to Jason.Ramos@slc.ca.gov with “Broad Beach Restoration Project Comments” included in the subject line or via mail to:

Jason Ramos, Environmental Scientist
California State Lands Commission
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South
Sacramento, CA 95825

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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