Hello everyone,

The last community meeting to discuss our 50-year vision happened on December 5 and we have another one coming up next week on January 30.


Thanks to all your efforts, the City of Santa Cruz has received hundreds of online and EMC survey responses on the 50-year vision.

This community meeting is happening via Zoom:

Date: Tuesday January 30, 2024

Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm.

Location: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86795185521 

In this session, the City and Farallon staff plan to dive into the data and share results and insights regarding the 4 alternative scenarios. The last time we received an update, hybrid and Natural Feature Restoration were the top two picks.

Here are visuals for these two options:


Save West Cliff Hybrid


Save West Cliff Natural Feature Restoration


As we explained in our book “West Cliff: Beloved and Iconic,” we can draw strength and inspiration from other communities. Many communities around the world are dealing with their own threats, and we can learn from their approaches.

One such community, the City of Oceanside, ran a Coastal Resilience Competition, bringing together 3 design teams from around the world to develop innovative sand retention pilot projects. The approach and final designs were truly inspiring.

A Jury/Advisory Panel considered each project and selected a recommended design. The Jury expressed their unanimous support of International Coastal Management’s “Living Speed Bumps” concept. The “Living Speed Bumps” concept includes the construction of two small headlands that will aim to stabilize sand on the back beach, with an offshore artificial reef aimed at slowing down nearshore erosive forces. ICM, based in Australia’s Gold Coast, has decades of experience implementing “speed bumps” on their own coastline, bringing forward a new concept for Oceanside’s coast and with a proven track record of success on the East Coast of Australia. Learn more here from the City of Oceanside about this selection and next steps.

4 visuals from the ICM’s winning design are below:





Oceanside City staff will present the ICM recommended design for review and approval at the upcoming Oceanside City Council Public Workshop.

Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Council Chambers (300 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside)

Agenda and Zoom details here.

We will be watching this Oceanside City Council meeting and our own 50-year Vision Meeting. We hope you can join us!




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