Tsunami History at the Princeton Harbor

Letter

Posted by
Tue, November 17, 2009


My concern regarding the proposed Big Wave project, as a nearby neighbor, is three-fold.

1.) There was very little notice given. Most Coastside residents haven’t even heard about it, nor do the have any concept of the huge scale it will impose on the area.

2.) The Traffic study in the Big Wave Draft Environmental Report makes no mention of the HUGE impact the commute congestion will cause for the existing residents of the Harbor area (dwellers and businesses) at the only traffic signal at HWY One and Capistrano Rd. or on the residential owners in the Pillar Ridge community or the Seal Cove community who habitually use the only other intersection for ingress or egress, that is the intersection of Hwy One and Cypress. This intersection has no night-time illumination, no traffic signal, and is often backed up on sunny beach days when the person at the front of the line wishes to turn left, causing a delay for everyone else behind them. At the very minimum, the developer should be forced, as KN Properties was as developer for Harbor Village, to improve the intersection with extra turn-out lanes or a traffic signal needs to be installed.

3.)The willingness of the parents and the developer to place their own children in harm’s way by building a residential community of developmentally disabled adults in an known Earthquake and Tsunami zone. The San Gregorio Fault runs through the project and the tsunami evacuation route runs in front of it. It’s not as if there has never been a Tsunami in the Princeton area before. Look back as recently as 1946 when the water from the "tidal wave" came inland a quarter mile. (And that was a small one.) It may be that, were we to have another one, many of the cars parked in the proposed 640 space parking lot could be sucked out onto Airport Street as the wave recedes, blocking the tsunami evacuation route from the adjoining neighborhoods (Princeton, Pillar Ridge and Seal Cove) with massive debris brought in by the wave, causing obstacles to prevent emergency vehicles from getting to the rescue sites.

The word tsunami in Japanese means "harbor wave", and it is ominously prophetic that the wellness center project is to be called BIG WAVE.  I’m concerned for the residents. It’s a laudable project for special needs people… just not in that location for heaven’s sake.


Comment 1
Sun, November 22, 2009 11:31am
Deb Wong
All my comments

I have to agree with you.  For the past year, I have been reading up on the project, trying to keep an open mind. After all, my brother is autistic, and I feel for anyone trying to find a place for their disabled loved ones.

My conclusion so far is that as admirable as Big Wave’s
objectives are, in reality, it will be a great mismatch as far as location goes.  Those who are very much for the project (many of whom I know personally) don’t live next door to where it will be built.  They see the possibilities for commerce & the local economy, so not much else filters through.

I am starting to get used to the fact that big bucks and influence will most likely win over what the residents of Moss Beach - most particularly those who live in the Pillar Ridge community - want. 

I keep reading statements about how traffic will be decreased when Big Wave is built, as there will be fewer people commuting over the hill.  Where is the proof of this? What are the numbers?  Will so many local commuters be employed at the complex?  I don’t think so. It sounds like more smoke & mirrors, designed to offset the very real impact on those of us who will be Big Wave’s closest neighbors.

Comment 2
Mon, November 23, 2009 6:56am
Deb Wong
All my comments

Hi Cid,

I received your email about my comment here on Big Wave, and responded, but my emails to you were returned. I am thanking you on here, then, for the follow-up, even though I had already written to the Planning Department, via snail mail and email, last week, about my disapproval of the project.  All the best, Deb Wong

Comment 3
Wed, November 25, 2009 4:11pm
Cid Young
All my comments

Yes, this week I received a message with a Trojan so I did not send e-mails until I fixed it. Sorry! Have a good Thanksgiving and COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS!