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2014 in Review

Read about the Coastal Commission's many accomplishments in 2014 in this new report. Topics include the LCP Program, Climate Change Adaptation, Enforcing Public Access to the Coast, and Protection of Lower Cost Overnight Accommodations.

LCP Grant Awards

The second round of LCP Local Assistance Grants have been awarded. On November 12, the Coastal Commission awarded 12 grants to local governments to assist with updating and certifying LCPs, with a special emphasis on preparing for Sea-Level Rise.

Martins Beach Survey

The Commission is seeking to document possible historic rights of public access at Martins Beach in San Mateo County, CA. Press Release. To see the background exhibits click here. To receive a survey form by mail, please contact us.


2nd Public Workshop on Lower Cost Visitor Serving Accommodations to be Held on March 13, 2015, at the Chula Vista Council Chambers

Public education and discussion of topics related to the economics of hotel development and the constraints and opportunities for financing lower cost visitor serving overnight accommodations

Public Notice of Proposed Changes to Ca. Coastal Management Program (CCMP)

Public Notice of Commission submittal of a Routine Program Change (RPC), to the Office for Coastal Management (OCM), for changes to the California Coastal Management Program (CCMP). The changes would update the CCMP list of federal licenses and permits subject to certification for consistency with the CCMP, under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act... more

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Public Meeting Scheduled on February 18th for Phase 2 of Expert Panel Review on Subsurface Intakes for Huntington Beach Desal

Commission staff, Poseidon Water, and CONCUR, Inc. convened an expert panel to evaluate the feasibility of subsurface intake options for Poseidon's proposed Huntington Beach desalination facility. Phase 1 of the panel's work identified two technically feasible subsurface alternatives. As part of Phase 2 of the investigation, the panel will hold a public meeting in Huntington Beach on February 18th to discuss and receive comments on how it proposes to evaluate other elements of these alternatives, including environmental, economic, & social feasibility.

Public Access Restored at Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu

Coastal Commission & State Lands Commission restore public access & surfing to Paradise Cove in Malibu. Owner agrees to remove signs, open gate, & drop walk-in fees.

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Public Access to be restored at Ontario Ridge

Pursuant to the order issued by the Commission in July 2014, plans have been submitted & approved for removal of all of the unpermitted development that have been blocking public access to this popular hiking trail between Pismo & Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County, including all of the gates & fences & "no trespassing signs" ... more

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Martins Beach reflects Californians' Choice to Protect Coastal Access

Martins Beach owner Vinod Khosla has made a series of wild charges against the California Coastal Commission, including coercion and unfair treatment. Khosla purchased a property near Half Moon Bay that has had a long and obvious use by the public. He then closed the road historically used by the public to access the beach. But under the Coastal Act of 1976, closing the road requires a development permit, and Khosla's failure to apply for one is a violation of the law ... more

Sea-Level Rise

Commission staff is in the process of updating the Draft Sea-Level Rise Policy Guidance in response to comments. It is anticipated that a revised draft will be presented to the Commission in the fall. For more information, visit the SLR Guidance page.

Coastal Stewardship

Make a difference for our coast and ocean through everyday choices, wherever you may be. Join your friends and neighbors in becoming a Coastal Steward. Find out how you can help.

Coastal Program Policy

Briefings such as the Federal Consistency Program Briefing from February 9, as well as previous ones on open meetings, vertical accessways, wetlands, and the Coastal Act.

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