Del Mar stands firm against 'planned retreat'

Del Mar’s City Council agreed Monday night that “planned retreat” will not be part of its long-term strategy for dealing with sea-level rise, despite the state Coastal Commission’s urging to include the idea.

Planned retreat, also called “managed retreat,” is a strategy of removing seawalls, roads, homes and other structures gradually over the years in advance of rising sea levels.

It’s “the door that lets the vampire in,” said resident Laura DeMarco, urging the council to reject the idea. “It really endangers this entire community.”

The California Coastal Commission, which holds regulatory sway over the shoreline, strongly encourages all coastal cities to include the strategy of planned retreat, along with other possible tactics such as sand retention, beach replenishment and river-channel dredging.

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