Pillar Point Harbor & SMC Harbor District
Harbor history and District priorities: Sept 2012 MCC presentation
Romeo Pier: Closed as unsafe in the 1990’s, rotting neglected ever since, the picturesque old pier is a marine debris disaster waiting to happen.
Chronic harbor fecal pollution: San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) is directing a study to identify the sources of bacteria in Pillar Point Harbor and develop a plan to address them.
Pillar Point RV Lot: Surfers' Beach parking, highway congestion and pedestrian safety are issues that would greatly benefit by returning the harbor RV lot to public beach parking. The RV lot operates under a 1987 Use Permit from the City of Half Moon Bay. The Harbor District leased it out with a long-term lease in 1998, but there is no record of a Coastal Development Permit for the improvements at the City of HMB, the lessee, the Coastal Commission, or the Harbor District. There have been ongoing issues with permanent residences at the RV park and public access to day-use parking and public restroom (HMB 2000; Coastal Commission 1999 & 2002).
Harbor District Background documents:
Surfers' Beach Erosion
Construction of the harbor breakwater by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1960's dramatically increased the rate of erosion south of the jetty. Motivated by local grass-roots lobbying, the Surfers Beach/Pillar Point Harbor Workgroup first convened in November 2009. A historical overview of the area was presented by the Army Corps. Local surfer and civil engineer, Bob Battalio explains surf and sand dynamics at Pillar Point. The Army Corps is the lead agency for the Surfers Beach erosion control project and the Harbor District is the local sponsor. This localized study does not include the erosion along the Princeton shoreline, even though that area was also dramatically affected by construction of the breakwater and is a documented candidate for beach replenishment with harbor dredging.
A Coastal Regional Sediment (Sand) Management Plan (RSMP) is being developed for the San Francisco Littoral Cell which extends south to Pacifica at Pt. San Pedro. Begun in 2011, the plan is expected to be completed in spring 2013. The State Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) has identified a number of California littoral cells for regional planning, but the San Mateo Midcoast and Half Moon Bay are not on the list. In June 2012 Supervisor Horsley wrote the CSMW in support of expanding the upcoming Santa Cruz RSMP to include the San Mateo County portions of the Santa Cruz littoral cell which extends north to Pillar Point.
Princeton Shoreline Erosion & Armoring
See Princeton Planning Update Issues Page
California Coastal Records Project, an aerial photographic survey