NOTICE: Amendment to BEACON Bylaws Request

BEACON staff is recommending the BEACON Board of Directors amend the BEACON Bylaws expressly incorporating into the purposes, objectives and authorities of BEACON, regional coastal beach access, and regional-level climate, sea-level rise adaptation, and coastal resilience. This change is suggested to strengthen BEACON’s ability to address these important topics in its policies, programs, and projects.

The suggested draft Bylaws are posted below.

Article IX of the Bylaws require amendments be submitted to each member of the organization and its staff at least fifteen (15) days before its next regular meeting.

Approval of amendments to the BEACON Bylaws requires a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors (7 affirmative votes).

See Staff Report

See Bylaw Amendment

NOTICE: Regional Meeting – February 18, 2021

Logos of BEACON, City of Port Hueneme and Channel Islands Harbor

BEACON, working with the City of Port Hueneme, and local harbor and port partners is hosting a regional meeting to address continuing erosion problems affecting the southern Ventura coastline. The meeting will include presentations on regional sediment science, recent harbor and port dredging and beach and ocean sediment nourishment efforts. Congresswoman Brownley will present remarks at the meeting, as will a representative of Naval Base Ventura County. The regional meeting is taking place on Thursday, February 18th from 9-11 am as a remote ZOOM meeting. Information on how to access the meeting is provided below on the meeting agenda which is posted below.

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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

COMMENTS – click link to download letters

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.

Montecito Debris Flows

A Beach Nourishment Opportunity

Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment

Sequence of Events

  • Thomas Fire – December 2017
  • Montecito Debris Flows – january 9, 2018
    • Perhaps 500,000 cy made it to the beach
    • About 70,000 cy deposited on public streets & flood control channels
    • About 400,000 cy deposited in local debris basins
    • Perhaps 1,000,000 cy deposited on private property
  • Aftermath
    • Street & f/c channel sediment taken to Goleta & Carpinteria Beaches
    • Debris basin sediment taken to Buellton & Santa Paula landfills
    • Private property sediment remains in place

What Does Debris Flow Look Like?

Montecito Debris Flows Stats

  • 25 people killed
  • Over 100 homes destroyed & more than 300 damaged
  • Widespread damage to property & infrastructure
  • About 2M cy of sediment released from foothills
  • Sediment mostly composed of sand (80%) along with rocks, logs, etc.
  • Sediment largely uncontaminated

Impact to Beaches

  • Sediment sorted rapidly by waves with finer material moving offshore & coarser material onshore
  • Rocks & boulders deposited at creek mouths – logs & other floating debris scattered along coast
  • Nearby beaches grew wider – new sand blended in well with existing
  • Trucked sediment at Carpinteria & Goleta Beaches had similar effects
  • Water quality impacts significant but short-term

Fernald Point – April 2017

Fernald - April 2017

Fernald Point – January 2018

Fernald Point - January 2018

Fernald Point – February 2018

Fernald - February 2018

Loon Point – April 2017

Loon Point - April 2017

Loon Point – January 2018

Loon Point - January 2018

Loon Point – March 2018

Loon Point - March 2018

Carpinteria Beach – April 2017

Carptinteria Beach - April 2017

Carpinteria Beach – January 2018

Carpinteria Beach - January 2018

Carpinteria Beach – March 2018

Carpinteria Beach - March 2018

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Goleta Beach – June 2017

Goleta Beach - June 2017

Goleta Beach – January 2018

Goleta Beach - Janaury 2018

Goleta Beach – February 2018

Goleta Beach - February 2018

Goleta Beach – March 2018

Goleta Beach - March 2018

Predicted Shoreline Response

Predicted Shoreline Response

Unique Opportunity for Beach Nourishment

  • Large volume of sediment available on private property
  • Significant benefit if sediment taken to beaches
  • Sediment must be sorted & stored for placement in Winter/Spring
  • Comprehensive SCCBEP-type program needed to:
    • Establish sorting/storage areas
    • Identify beach receiver sites
    • Establish testing, placement & monitoring protocols
    • Secure environmental permits
    • Identify/develop funding mechanism





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Ongoing County Restoration Efforts Require Transport of Sediment to Local Beaches

“Where is the mud and debris from Montecito going” by Oscar Flores
Source: KEYT online

Carpinteria Beach and other local beaches are the preferred locations for receiving excess sediment from the recent extreme flood event. Normally this sediment would have made its way to the coast in a controlled manner over the course of many years. But in the present case, heavy rainfall coupled with burned hillsides caused the sudden release of a large amount of sediment and debris leading to widespread flooding and damage.
When sediment arrives at the beach either by stream or by truck, natural wave action sends the finer material (clays and silts) offshore leaving the coarser material (sand, gravel and cobbles) nearshore. Further wave action mixes the gravel and cobble fractions downward into the beach face where they eventually form a hidden protective layer. The remaining sand fraction stays in the nearshore helping to nourish the beach profile.
Ash Avenue is an excellent receiver site for the excess storm sediments. Located at the end of a long rock revetment, it is the first to lose its sand during storm wave attack and the last to recover its sand during milder conditions. Placing excess storm sediment on the beach widens it providing added protection against storm wave attack and creates space in local debris to combat future flooding events.

Jim Bailard, Ph.D.
BEACON Technical Advisor