Supervisor Gregg Hart
County of Santa Barbara
105 E Anapamu St., 4th Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-2191 – phone
Councilmember Joe Schroeder
City of Ventura
501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 654-7827 – phone
(805) 652-0865 – fax
Councilmember Al Clark
City of Carpinteria
5775 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-5405 – phone
(805) 584-5304 – fax
Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment Bylaws
Amended March 2021
NAME, PURPOSE, AND POLICY
Section 1: Name
The name of this organization shall be the Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (hereinafter referred to as BEACON).
Section 2: Purpose of BEACON
The various Member Agencies have a strong common interest in the preservation and restoration of beaches and protection of coastal structures. The maintenance of wide, sandy beaches helps to protect against costly property damage, and further benefits the entire region economically by promoting recreation and tourism. Furthermore, because sand moves throughout the entire littoral sand cell which extends between the Santa Ynez River and Point Mugu, the beach restoration activities undertaken in one area may affect the character of the shoreline in adjoining jurisdictions. Therefore, the purpose of BEACON is to foster greater cooperation toward the maintenance and enhancement of the beaches within in the jurisdiction of BEACON Member Agencies.
The preservation and restoration of beaches, coastal beach access, and protection of coastal structures will be significantly affected by projected changes to climate, weather, and sea-level rise in the short- and long-term along the BEACON coast. Therefore, it is the further purpose of BEACON to coordinate on a regional level coastal beach access, climate, and sea-level rise adaptation and resilience planning within the jurisdictions of BEACON member agencies.
Section 3: Policy
It is the policy of BEACON to:
A. Encourage communication regularly with Member Agencies on beach protection and restoration matters in order to ensure maximum cooperation;
B. Promote the restoration of the beaches within the littoral sand cell which are an important economic and recreational resource to the region;
C. Support maximum replenishment of beach sand through projects such as onshore and offshore sand mining, continuous sand by passing around littoral sand traps, dredging or other methods to obtain sand for beaches; and
D. Coordinate all beach restoration and shoreline protection projects to maximize benefits to
the region, and avoid detrimental effects on adjoining beach areas.
OBJECTIVES AND AUTHORITY
Section 1: Objectives
The primary objectives for which BEACON is created are:
A. Identify solutions to coastal erosion and environmental problems;
B. Coordinate the use of local, state, federal and private resources;
C. Facilitate design, financing, construction and maintenance of beach restoration, shoreline protection, and environmental protection and enhancement projects;
D. Collect and analyze data needed to facilitate the design projects and to monitor their performance;
E. Coordinate local government involvement and keep elected officials and citizens informed;
F. Support the preparation of contingency plans by Member Agencies to be ready in emergencies to direct public and private efforts to combat erosion and to take steps necessary to coordinate the protection of public and private property;
G. Spearhead local government lobbying efforts at the State and Federal levels;
H. Collect and analyze data addressing regional-level climate and sea-level rise impacts to coastal beaches, coastal beach access, and coastal structures;
I. Identify regional-level solutions to impacts resulting from changes in climate, weather, and sea-level rise that may affect BEACON member agencies beaches through coordinated regional planning; and
J. Coordinate regional-level responses among BEACON member agencies to climate, weather, and sea-level rise changes impacting beaches, coastal beach access, and coastal structures.
Section 2: Authority
BEACON is authorized to:
A. Review all member agencies significant proposals for beach restoration, shoreline erosion control, environmental protection and enhancement, regional coastal beach access, regional-level climate, sea-level rise adaptation, and coastal resilience projects for consistency with the regional goals, policies, and programs;
B. Comment on such proposals to member agencies and appropriate State and Federal agencies;
C. Propose and participate in joint or area wide projects for beach restoration, shoreline erosion control, environmental protection, regional coastal beach access, regional-level climate, sea-level rise adaptation, and coastal resilience projects;
D. Act as agent for regional project applications for beach restoration, shoreline erosion control, environmental protection and enhancement, regional coastal beach access, regional-level climate, sea-level rise adaptation, and coastal resilience projects;
E. Coordinate funding for beach restoration, shoreline erosion control, environmental protection and enhancement, regional coastal beach access, regional-level climate, sea-level rise adaptation, and coastal resilience projects from private and public sources at the local, State, and Federal levels; and
F. Adopt and amend Bylaws, rules, and regulations as may be required for the conduct of meetings and the orderly operation of the organization.
Section 3: Limitation of Authority
Neither the Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment nor a majority of the Member Agencies shall have the authority to impose any plan, duty, obligation or other responsibility upon any Member Agency without the consent of such Agency. Further, no Member Agency shall be required to do anything it does not specifically agree to do. Any recommendation, plan, or program promulgated by BEACON shall be advisory only as to Member Agencies.
MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION
Section 1: Voting Membership
Shall be as provided in the Joint Powers Agreement, as amended.
Section 2: Ex-Officio Membership
Ex-officio members shall be as determined by the Board of Directors and shall participate in BEACON, but will not have voting rights and shall be designated by a majority vote of a quorum present of the Board of Directors.
Section 3: Officers
A. Election of Officers shall be held very other calendar year, or upon resignation of an officer.
B. There shall be a Chair and Vice Chair.
C. All Officers shall be elected for a term of two years and shall serve until their successors are elected. Officers shall begin their term of office immediately following election.
D. Officers shall be nominated from the floor of the Board of Directors and elected by a majority vote of a quorum present at the first meeting of a calendar year.
STANDING COMMITIEES, AND AD HOC COMMITTEES
A. The Chair shall have the authority to appoint committees or subcommittees, with confirmation of the appointments made by the Board of Directors.
B. Standing committees may be appointed to carry out general and continuing functions and may be abolished only upon specific action of the Board of the Directors.
C. Ad hoc committees may be appointed as the need arises to carry out specific tasks. Upon completion of its assignment, each ad hoc committee shall be disbanded.
D. Standing or ad hoc committee voting members must be designated representatives. Each member shall be entitled to one vote. Ex- officio members may serve on standing or ad hoc committees but may not vote.
E. Standing or ad hoc committee members may elect officers by a majority vote.
Section 1: Quorum
A. A quorum for a meeting of the Board of Directors shall be a majority of voting members.
B. A quorum shall be required for the conduct of any business of a committee. No business shall be conducted by a committee without a quorum. All decisions by a committee shall be by simple majority of the quorum. A quorum shall be two- thirds of the committee members.
C. Voting shall be as provided in the Joint Powers Agreement, as amended.
Section 2: Parliamentary Procedure
Parliamentary procedure at all meetings shall be governed by Rosenberg’s Rules of Order except as otherwise modified by the Joint Powers Agreement or these Bylaws.
Section 3: Meeting Notice
Meetings shall be noticed as provided for in the Ralph M. Brown Act, as amended, commencing with Section 54950 of the California Government Code. Regular meetings shall be held not less than twice per year. Special meetings may be called for by the Chair or Vice Chair or a majority of
the Board of Directors.
Section 4: Proxies
No proxies will be permitted.
INFORMATION, PUBLIC DISCLOSURE, AND EVALUATION
Section 1: Information and Evaluation
A. BEACON shall disseminate information concerning its work program and activities. The required information system should be so organized and categorized that it would continue to allow full and efficient use of information by the public and private sectors.
B. Adequate provision for citizen participation shall be provided as required by law and as directed by the Board of Directors.
C. The Board of Directors may appoint a standing committee of its members to perform an annual evaluation of BEACON’S goals, structure, and performance, directed toward continually improving the planning, coordination, and implementation process.
Section 2: Ralph M. Brown Act
Notwithstanding any of the provisions of these Bylaws to the contrary, all meetings and actions of the Board of Directors shall be subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act, as amended, commencing at Section 54950 of the Government Code of the State of California.
STAFFING AND FUNDING
Section 1: Staffing
The Board of Directors shall have the authority to hire an Executive Director, consultants, or other staff as it deems necessary to carry out the objectives of the organization.
Section 2: Funding
The Board of Directors shall have authority to raise funds as it deems necessary to carry out the objectives of the organization through voting member assessments, public or private grants and entitlements and legislative appropriations. Notwithstanding any of the provisions of these Bylaws to the contrary, voting member assessments may be made only upon the unanimous consent of the voting Member Agencies of the organization.
BEACON shall defend, indemnify and otherwise hold harmless its directors, staff, committees, and agents from any liability, including legal representation, because of any act or omission incurred during the course and scope of performance of his or her duties except acts of gross neglect.
A. Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by a designated representative or staff. Amendment proposals shall be submitted to each member of the organization and its staff at least fifteen (15) days before its next regular meeting.
B. A two-thirds majority of the Board of Directors shall be required to adopt an amendment to these Bylaws.
The Executive Committee is a standing advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to the policy making Board of Directors of the Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON) (see more)
Exec Comm Functions
An annual evaluation of BEACON’S goals, structure, and performance, directed toward continually improving the planning, coordination, and implementation process
Exec Comm Functions
As needed, review legislative priorities and any legislative proposals
Exec Comm Functions
An annual review of the performance of BEACON’S Executive Director
Science Advisory Committee
The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) is a standing advisory committee, which provides professional technical science advice and recommendations to the policy making Board of Directors of the Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON) (see more)
Reviews relevant data collection and scientific research initiatives of importance to beaches within BEACON’s jurisdiction
Discusses, evaluates, and prioritizes data collection and scientific investigations of most relevance to BEACON’s mission and that BEACON could support.
Identifies science support resources.
Develops ways to better integrate science into BEACON’s policy and decision making;