Three Malibu Issues Go Before Coastal Commission Today, at Latigo Cove, Point Dume, Trancas

Written by on February 13, 2020

After several months of quiet … Malibu issues roar back to life at the California Coastal Commission meeting in Long Beach.

Issue one is the Latigo Beach public access issue.

The California Coastal Commission will vote on a proposed 950 thousuand dollar fine to be levied against the Tivoli Cove condominium owners.

The Coastal Commission staff says Tivoli Cove has been illegally blocking beach access at Latigo Beach for 40 years.

In addition to a nearly one million dollar fine … the homeowners are promising to put in a public shower, public drinking fountain, two benches for public use, and two interpretive signs for the public.

Controversy two … the proposed reconstruction of a house on the beach next to Trancas Creek.

A homeowners wants to tear down the existing house … and build a bigger and bulkier house on the same footprint.

This case pits the city of Malibu’s estimate of a predicted 18 inch ocean level rise . against the Coastal Commission estimate of a minimum of 6 and a half feet of ocean level rise … in the next 80 years.

Coastal says this is an issue of Malibu failing to use the best available science with regard to sea level rise.

And they say this house would set an important … bad precedent … not just for the City, but also statewide.

And the third major confrontation is with the City of Malibu over its proposal to build a parking lot gate on the headlands parking lot at Point Dume.

The city council just voted to yank the application …

But that withdrawal may be too little … too late.

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