The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a 50-year beach nourishment project for Solana Beach and Encinitas. Sand will be dumped on the beaches every 5 years in Encinitas, and every 13 years in Solana Beach. This would result in significantly wider beaches at the expense of the local reefs. Pillbox, Cherry Hill, Table Tops and Stonesteps will be completely covered in sand and transformed from reef breaks into beach breaks. However, there is no discussion about this impact in the project design and the determination of the fill amounts. Project proponents also fail to acknowledge that sand is not going to fix the problem of eroding beach bluffs and depletion of the beaches. Even if sand is added, the shoreline still retreats; and sea level rise is only going to complicate things.
In this video local surfers at Tabletops respond to the news that their beloved surf break could be covered up by sand.