We cannot destroy Sunset Cliffs anymore in order to save them
Originally published July 11, 2008
OCEAN BEACH, CA. To those who believe that the beautiful Sunset Cliffs – a wonderland stretch along the Pacific just south of OB – are a static monument of nature, should gaze carefully at these photos sent to OB Rag by Larry O’Brien, expert and lover of the cliffs. The old postcards are of “Needles Eye”, a wonderful work of rock, wind and water, and it stood on its lonely pedestal until an earthquake destroyed it, I believe, in the early, mid-1960’s. Growing up along Sunset Cliffs, I remember Needles Eye, or just simply “Needles”, and it was probably the most amazing piece of nature along this stretch of cliffs.
I post this to counter all those who think dumping boulders over the sides of the cliffs and doing other things to halt the erosion is the best way to proceed with the cliffs. The Cliffs change, they erode; they’re mainly made of sandstone. They have been doing this erosion thing for a long time. No longer can we allow the City to destroy the cliffs in order to save them.