Protections for the iconic California coast have been in place for over forty years, yet the struggle to preserve its natural grandeur and provide access to all continues today. As the state’s beaches become increasingly eroded due to rising sea levels, property owners along the coastline are building barriers to protect their real estate. These attempts to buffer private development from storms and erosion restrict public access and diminish our beaches even further. The Coastal Access and Protection Act of 2017, AB 1129 (Stone, D-Monterey Bay) helps prepare our coast for the impacts of climate change, and preserves public access to the beach and other natural areas. It also provides clear direction and enhanced authority to the California Coastal Commission to minimize the use of armoring because of its adverse impacts on coastal ecosystems and public access.
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