Pillar Point Harbor
Harbor History & District Priorities
MCC harbor overview presentation 7/5/14
MCC letter re District Priorities 7/9/14
San Mateo County Harbor District website
2016 Grand Jury Report: "The Price of Dysfunction is Rising"
2015 LAFCo Municipal Service Review of SMC Harbor District
2014 Grand Jury Report: "What is the price of dysfunction?
The San Mateo County Harbor District."
District response - LAFCo response
Harbor History & Documents
MCC overview presentation
Pillar Point Harbor history article by Barbara Vanderwerf
1933 Board of Supervisors Resolution forming the Harbor District
1933-1948 Harbor District inactive
1943 aerial photo harbor area, pre-breakwater
1953 Grant Deed El Granada parcels
1960 Grant Deed State Tidelands (map on last page)
Pillar Point Harbor land parcel table
1959-61 U.S. Army Corps construction of outer breakwater
1960 Master Plan: only Phase 1 built (pier, bulkhead, fill, office, concession bldg) due to storm waves within harbor.
1966, 1970, 1977, 1991 attempts to dissolve Harbor District (1,2,3)
1976 Coastal Permit 133-76: inner harbor
1978 Nov: 133-76-A1: additional parking
1983 District declines gift of Surfers' Beach land
1984 Feb: 133-76 A2: allow dredging/Perched Beach
1984 Oct: 133-76 A3: allow larger volume of dredging
1985 Feb: request to reconsider 133-76 A3: denied
1989 CCC comments on East Harbor Master Plan draft EIR
1989 EIR Summary of Mitigation -- East Harbor Master Plan
1990 Scenic Preservation Agreement west of Denniston Creek
1991 Pillar Point Harbor Master Plan - Appendix
1996 Army Corps constructed concrete wall at west breakwater
2006 LAFCo Municipal Service Review
2012 implementation status report of 1991 PPH Master Plan.
2014 Infrastructure & Facilities Assessment
Harbor Dredging & Beach Replenishment
MCC letters to Harbor Commission:
9/10/13 re District dredging strategy
6/12/13 slide presentation & letter
Overuse of inner harbor Perched Beach for dredge disposal has turned most of the former beach into an upland area. This “pre-development dredge disposal” was done without Coastal Commission permission in 1998 and 2006. One more dredge event was authorized in 2013, but public comment (including Supervisor Horsley) urged that future harbor dredge material be used to restore and protect eroded shoreline areas. Read more.
2007 Harbor Dredge Material Preliminary Evaluation: suitable for beach replenishment.
West Shoreline Trail
Popular recreation area and essential emergency access to the west breakwater, the trail is threatened by erosion and had to be partially roped off in late 2011.
News post 5/8/13 & 10/11/14.
Timeline - MCC letter 8/24/16 - slide presentation
Closed as unsafe ~1998, rotting neglected ever since, the old pier is a marine debris disaster waiting to happen.
District voted to move forward with pier removal 8/5/15.
Pier Removal Report 2014
MCC letter 9/10/13. Summary history & pictures.
Pillar Point RV Park
was developed in 1999 under long-term lease on a Harbor District parcel that had been used for many decades as public beach parking with restroom facilities. The public restroom, a key amenity in this popular beach area, was closed. Public coastal views and critically needed west-of-highway beach parking have been lost.
MCC 1/28/15 letter & images.
The development has no CDP (per CCC, HMB, lessee, HD).
RV stay limit & day-use parking letters: 1999, 2000, 2002
Chronic harbor fecal pollution
A study by San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) determined that the source of the bacteria is upland urban area runoff via creeks and culverts, not the harbor itself.
Presentation of results -- 2014 Final Report.
Beach Water Quality Advisories (sign up for email updates)
Princeton Shoreline Erosion & Armoring
See Plan Princeton page, and
5/29/13 Pillar Point Harbor Shoreline Erosion Presentation