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Capistrano Beach, 2020-21
Capistrano Beach, between December 2020 and August 2021

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Orange County Register

Boulders, sand bags on Capistrano Beach can stay through April

Erosion took out part of the beach that held a sidewalk, restrooms and a basketball court.  OC Parks was granted an extension by the Coastal Commission to complete plans for a living shoreline. 

PUBLISHED: November 22, 2021 at 4:09 p.m. | UPDATED: November 22, 2021 at 4:09 p.m.
OC Parks was granted a four-month extension to submit plans to the state for a pilot project adding a “living shoreline” to the battered Capistrano Beach.

The California Coastal Commission on Friday, Nov. 19, agreed to the extra planning time for the county to finalize its plans to install cobblestone, sand dunes and vegetation to safeguard the eroding sliver of coastline just south of Doheny State Beach.
The concept of a “living shoreline” is to install cobblestone, sand dunes and indigenous vegetation to protect the eroding shoreline. Three years ago Santa Monica sponsored a program to fence off an acre of beach at the shoreline and the dunes have accumulated along the fences now at nearly 3’ high and vegetation has begun to grow back in the area.