The state Lands Commission is taking public feedback on its analysis of a Malibu beach nourishment project that would use sand from different dredge sites, including a potential spot off Manhattan Beach.

The proposal comes from 124 homeowners living along Malibu's shrinking Broad Beach. They formed an assessment district to fund its replenishment -- a $20 million proposal that calls for adding 600,000 cubic yards of sand to the shoreline.

The California State Lands Commission, which has been reviewing the proposal for potential impacts on public trust resources, recently posted its analysis online at bitly.com/Z02SMF. A hearing was held Thursday night in Malibu to gather public feedback. The commission is expected to take up the matter at a meeting next month.

The replenishment project hasn't been well-received in Manhattan Beach, where the City Council decided several weeks ago to send the Lands Commission a letter voicing its opposition to losing offshore sand.

"Our concern is the uncertainty," Manhattan Beach Councilman Nick Tell previously told the Daily Breeze. "We run the risk that some unstable condition gets created that possibly causes our beach to erode."

According to the analysis, about 500,000 cubic yards of medium-grain sand would be removed from a project site about a half-mile off the city's coastline. Hopper dredges would scoop up the material within an L-shaped footprint in a roughly 27-acre area.

Six areas off Manhattan Beach were investigated, with some areas dropped from consideration because of fiber optic cables running along the seabed, as well as the presence of fine-grain sediments, the document states.

Dockweiler State Beach also is mentioned as a potential sand source, in addition to Ventura County and other sites.

Manhattan Beach staff members are in the process of reviewing the commission's report and plan to submit additional comments, said Richard Thompson, community development director.

But he expressed initial concerns that the potential Manhattan Beach dredge site didn't get a proper analysis, and that the report doesn't address potential impacts to city residents.

Ken Ehrlich, an attorney for the Broad Beach group, stressed Friday that Manhattan Beach is among "a whole host" of locations being considered - including some that are not mentioned in the Lands Commission analysis.

"We really are trying to think creatively, outside the box," he said.

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The State Lands Commission must receive public comments by Friday to consider them during the preparation of a staff report for a meeting on Dec. 5 in Sacramento (although feedback on the Broad Beach nourishment plan still can be given up to that day). The staff anticipates the issue will be taken up at that meeting, a notice states. The report is available online at bitly.com/Z02SMF/.

Comments can be submitted by email (use Broad Beach Restoration Project Comments as the subject) to Jason.Ramos@slc.ca.gov or via mail to: Jason Ramos, environmental scientist, California State Lands Commission, 100 Howe Ave., Suite 100-South, Sacramento, CA 95825.


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