Comments by Sabrina Brennan
It would be nice if the County put up some signage to identify Pillar Point beach numbers and clearly make closed beaches. This information would help parents better understand what beaches are polluted.
It makes me sad when I see kids playing in polluted water around Pillar Point Harbor. Many parents are completely unaware of the problem because the beaches are not properly noticed.
On the main page of the HMB Review website is a public opinion survey about the Big Wave Project. Please cast your vote.
Two videos are posted on YouTube of the Board of Supervisors discussion with staff at the meeting yesterday.
Big Wave Project: San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxe6OFnEwsU
Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVlkZTSr238
Thanks for the info Kevin. We have some dilemmas about GGNRA trailheads in Moss Beach and Montara. It seems that the best site for trail heads would be off the future Parallel Trail. Connector trails going from the Parallel Trail to Rancho Coral de Tierra trails might require easements across farmland. Designing a trail system that provides well planned connectivity takes time and will require multiple agencies to work together. The unincorporated towns of Moss Beach and Montara do not have any safe…
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve: under-staffed and mismanaged
The item has been removed from the Coastal Conservancy agenda as of today. The Coastal Conservancy has decided to wait to make a decision on funding for now. It's possible that the Coastal Commission will require modifications to avoid impacts to ESHA (Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas). If the trail width is reduced the cost could be reduced as well. The guiding principle for the Reserve from the adopted FMR Master Plan: "The fundamental concept underlying the Master Plan is that protection…
Seawalls prove to be counter productive... At least 40 percent of Japan’s 22,000-mile coastline is lined with concrete seawalls, breakwaters or other structures meant to protect the country against high waves, typhoons or even tsunamis. The risks of dependence on seawalls were most evident in the crisis at the Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants, both located along the coast close to the earthquake zone. The tsunami that followed the quake washed over walls that were supposed to protect the…
In case you thought the breakwater would save us...
The Kamaishi, Japan, breakwater was in the Guinness World Records as the deepest on the planet. It was a product of decades of research on wave dynamics and dissipation. But the tsunami made short work of it.
Los Angeles Times LINK: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fgw-japan-quake-breakwater-20110314,0,4883014.story
On March 11, 2011 the Coastal Commission voted to find that substantial issue exists with respect to Appeal A-2-SMC-11-010. This is a win for the environment, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, trail lovers, visitors, and Coastside residents. The Dardenelle Trail petition was delivered to the Coastal Commission during the appeal hearing in Santa Cruz. The petition helped show the Commissioners that people care about preserving the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve for future generations. Over 200 signatures…
Over 200 signatures were collected in just over 72 hours. Thank!
In less than 72 hours were up to 136 signatures. Keep up the good work!
Were up to 98 signatures in less than 48 hours!!! Go team.
Hello Keith, This is a San Mateo County project. San Mateo County Parks currently manages the FMR. The project plan came from the County and was approved by the County Planning Commission. The state is providing most of the bond money (about $750,000) for the project and the Coastal Conservancy is considering providing the additional $250,000 need at a meeting on March 17th in Oakland. This meeting is open to the public. The project will cost over a million dollars. I don't have time today to write…
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival and San Mateo County Farm Bureau funds were embezzled.
Records show deceased Half Moon Bay official stole money
By Julia Scott - Published: 3/8/11
The new Fitzgerald Marine Reserve staircase is currently being undermined by storm water runoff from an open drain pipe located next to the foundation of the stairs.
Has the MCC gotten any update on the erosion problem from the County?
Link to photos: http://www.thepelicaneye.com/2011/03/blog-post.html
Is seems the County should be required to cover the cost of repairs and maintenance because they were negligent with regards to storm water drainage.
Update: The erosion problem next to the new FMR staircase is getting worse with each winter storm.
What are the grant funders contract terms with for maintenance?
Speak of the devil! Any news on the lawsuit Michon Coleman, SAMCAR Director of Government Affairs filed against her employer Steve Blanton, SAMCAR Executive Officer and the SAMCAR Board of Directors?
Hello Darin, The County has earned a reputation for unresponsiveness. At public meetings Midcoast residents have asked County Supervisors and staff for assistance with drainage problems, road closure, safe Highway 1 crossings and the "Parallel Trail" with little or no response. These public safety and emergency concerns have been put off indefinitely. Midcoast residents can't help but notice that unintelligent planning is on the front burner. Designing and building a million dollar staircase in the…
Looks like Len Erickson and his good-old-boy buddy Dave Holland, Assistant County Manager are continuing to lead the sheep to slaughter in this boring meeting video. During the Traffic and Trails "charrette" in 2009 the public overwhelmingly voiced support for the parallel trail and safe Highway 1 crossings. The Parallel Trail is a pedestrian and bicycle trail "parallel" to Highway 1 that will go from Montara to Half Moon Bay. The trail will provide safe access for children riding bicycles to and…
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