BEACON Strategic Planning Goals

At the November BEACON Board meeting, the Board heard a presentation on the proposed BEACON Strategic Planning Goals and Objectives. BEACON is interested to hear comments, suggestions for changes, corrections, additions, etc. to the draft document from the public and interested stakeholders. Comments can be sent to BEACON at through Friday, December 18, 2020. The BEACON board will review any comments received at its next scheduled meeting on January 15, 2021.  Click for PDF

Artwork for Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2025

Mondo’s Cove Beach Stairway Project

BEACON is coordinating the planning, design and engineering of a beach access stairway at Mondo’s Cove beach, adjacent to the community of Faria Beach. Below are draft concept illustrations and engineering drawings depicting the stairway which were presented at a community briefing on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Many comments were received during the briefing regarding the details of stairway location, design, amenities, durability, construction and operation. BEACON staff are seeking additional comments regarding the stairway and will accept written submissions through Tuesday, October 27th. You may send your comments by email to

Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project
Mondo's Cove Stairway Project

Notice: Public Site Visit – Mondo’s Cove

Notice of Public Site Visit
for the
Mondo’s Cove Access Stairway Design and Engineering Project

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 3 pm

A public site visit to Solicit Public Comments on the Design and Engineering of a Public Access Stairway at Mondo’s Cove beach

Mondo’s Cove beach

Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 3:00 pm.

BEACON, in cooperation with the California Coastal Commission, is undertaking a planning and design project for a public access stairway at Mondo’s Cove Beach adjacent to the Faria Beach community in Ventura, Ca.

BEACON has engaged a planning and engineering consulting team led by Jensen Design and Survey of Ventura to complete the design and engineering tasks.

An initial project site visit will take place at Mondo’s Cove beach on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 3 pm. The purpose of this site visit is for members of the public, neighbors, and any other interested stakeholders to provide input on the design and engineering for a public access stairway at Mondo’s Cove beach.

Representatives of BEACON and the consulting team will be present to hear any ideas, comments, suggestions, or concerns, neighbors and interested other parties may wish to provide regarding the installation of a public access stairway to the beach.

On February 8th there is a King Tide occurring at 8 am in the morning at 6.6 feet. The public site visit will occur at 3 pm during the low tide on that day.

Coastal Engineering Workshop

With Dr. David Revell

Sponsored by Ventura County Watershed protection District & BEACON

Part 1 Sources of Sand & Sediment

Part 2 Flood Mapping & Departmental Cooperation

Part 3 Tidal & Wind Effects on Waves & Swells

Part 4 Sand Retention vs. Erosion

Part 5 Coastal Armoring vs. Natural Barriers

Part 6 Coastal Hazard Modeling

Part 7 Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Communities

Part 8 Coastal Flooding Risks & Retreat Strategies

Part 9 Adaptation Strategies for Coastal Systems

Revell Coastal Workshop 6 min Wrap Up and Q&A

Beach Nourishment Response at Carpinteria Beach & Goleta Beach

Sequence of Events

  • Thomas Fire – December 2017
  • Montecito Debris Flows – January 9, 2018
  • Immediate Aftermath – January thru March 2018
    • Channel & street sediments taken to Carpinteria & Goleta Beaches
    • Debris basin sediments taken to Buellton & Santa Paula landfills
    • Private property sediments remained in place

Carpinteria Beach – 12 January 2018
Carpinteria Beach – 12 April 2018
Carpinteria Beach – 10 September 2018
Carpinteria Beach – Summary

  • 10 January 2018 – Nourishment begins
  • 9 February 2018 – Nourishment ends – 28,000 cy of sediment placed
  • March 2018 – Beach re-opened for swimming
  • Summer 2018 – Sandy beach w/ no sign of debris sediments

Goleta Beach – 12 January 2018
Goleta Beach – 19 March 2018
Goleta Beach – 3 September 2018
Goleta Beach – 2 January 2019
Goleta Beach – Summary

  • 11 January 2018 – Nourishment begins
  • 20 February 2018 – Nourishment ends – 40,000 cy of sediment placed
  • 6 July 2018 – Beach re-opened for swimming
  • Summer of 2018 – Sandy beach w/ large cobble deposit
  • January 2019 – Sandy beach w/ no sign of debris sediments

Lessons Learned

  • Carpinteria Beach recovered more quickly due to larger waves and sandier sediments
  • Goleta Beach recovered more slowly due to smaller waves, larger volume of sediment and more cobbles
  • The sorting area at Ventura Fair Grounds was important for dealing with the debris flow sediments
  • Pre-existing funding and environmental permits are critical for taking full advantage of opportunistic sediment sources

(Powerpont presentation to BEACON Board Members during regularly scheduled meeting, Friday, January 18, 2019)

King Tides – A Brief Introduction

What are King Tides?

  • Highest annual tide events that occur when there is an alignment in the gravitational attractions of the sun, the moon and the earth wile at the same time the moon and the sun are at their closest approaches to the earth
  • Occur infrequently but on a regular, predictable basis
  • Increase the potential for coastal flooding and damage
  • Help to illustrate the impact of future sea level rise

Example: Refugio Beach
Example: Isla Vista
Example: Goleta Slough
Example: East Beach – Santa Barbara
Example: Rock Beach – Carpinteria
Example: Emma Wood State Beach
Example: C Street – Ventura
The Bigger Picture – Climate Change
Sea Level Rise Projections
(Powerpoint presentation to BEACON Board Members during regularly schedule meeting, Friday, January 18, 2019)