By Sub-Committee / Special to San Diego Free Press
Sub-Committee Report # 4: For the moment, city plans to develop the coastal cliff beach at Law St. in North Pacific Beach, with another new live-in lifeguard tower and garages, have met with an equally divided planning board, 7-7, with the tie vote cast by the board president, in a heated debate at the last PB Planning Board meeting, July 25, 2012, at the PB library community room.
Planning Board members, trying to balance the needs of the lifeguards and public safety, and city contractor jobs, with the obvious coastal erosion and rising ocean level concerns evident at this beach, decided to delay consideration of this project until more information can be provided. Questions as to the true nature and need of the project before a site could be chosen were at the forefront of the dilemma.
Cliff erosion is a serious growing problem in this sector, and the assurances of the city team of designers, and lifeguards, that any structural problems can be handled by engineers once a site is chosen, did not seem to reassure everyone on the planning board. Criticism for the lack of promised updates from the city designers concerning another current project in the same sector (re-modeling the toilets on the cliff at Palisades Park) scheduled to start this fall, was also expressed.
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