If you haven't had the opportunity to visit Goleta Beach Park this past winter, there have been some substantial improvements and great investments to enhance your families enjoyment of this beautiful beach park. Friends wants to first thank the Community Services Department and Parks Department for their pride of ownership of the County's most used recreational facility. The new picnic areas, benches, and tables will make for a wonderful experience for all to enjoy this coming summer season.
And they were more than equal to the challenge in re-building and restoring our Park as a result of the sever winter storms generated by El Nino conditions. While we didn't experience the rain expected, the storm waves were active and powerful causing tremendous damage to our Park. While the rock revetment on the west-end proved to be most effective, there is ~900 linear feet of unprotected park front that experienced severe damage and needed immediate fixes.
With that said, the work accomplished was under an Emergency Permit that is now expired, with a more eco friendly revetment constuction that was implemented, But now it's required to be pulled out even though it was just installed in March! Taxpayers paid close to $200K for the design and construction for a state of the art geotextile system that is buried below the park for its protection, but the Calif Coastal Commission only gave the County the rights to keep it for two months! So the plan in May 2016, was to then remove this great investment (for another ~$100K).
Fortunately the County Supervisors saw the lack of wisdom, and on May 17th, 2016, voted 5-0 to delegate with the Parks Department to submit an application for a Coastal Development Permit to retain these new protection measures.
Please read the Blog for the letter Friends sent to the CCC supporting the County's position dated May 26th, 2016. We also encourage all supporters of Goleta Beach Park, to send letters of support for keeping these protection measures at our Park so that all future generations can experience the benefits of this County facility.
You can also visit our Facebook page for the most up to date information on who's now supporting this position. Go to: facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Goleta-Beach-Park/508361302538709.
Michael Rattray & Ed de la Torre
To Contact your Supervisor, here is information on the South County representatives:
Salud Carbajal 1st District 805.568.2186
Janet Wolf 2nd District 805.568.2191
Doreen Farr 3rd District 805.568.2192