MALIBU - The state Lands Commission is considering a proposal by a group of Broad Beach property owners to import about 600,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from the ocean floor just off Manhattan Beach.
A group of 124 Malibu homeowners along severely eroded "Billionaire's Beach" formed an assessment district to pay for the project, which has been estimated to cost about $20 million, the Daily Breeze reported.
The state panel, which held a public hearing in Malibu Thursday, has been reviewing potential impacts. Its analysis is posted at bitly.com/Z02SMF.
The Manhattan Beach City Council registered its disapproval in a letter to the commission, expressing worry about erosion.
About 500,000 cubic yards of would be scooped from a 27-acre, L-shape plot about a half-mile off Manhattan Beach, according to an initial analysis, which considered six sites off Manhattan Beach.
Dockweiler State Beach was mentioned as a potential source of sand, as were several others, including at least one in Ventura County.
Attorney Ken Ehrlich, speaking for Broad Beach homeowners, said the Manhattan Beach site was among "a whole host" of spots under consideration.
Public comments must be received by the commission by Friday to be considered at a Dec. 5 meeting in Sacramento, when the issue is expected to come up for discussion. Comments can be submitted by email -- put "Broad Beach Restoration Project Comments" in the subject line -- to