|News Release||City of Long Beach Public Information Office|
333 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #082913|
|Subject :||California Coastal Commission to Hear Naples Seawalls Reconstruction Project at October Meeting|
|Contact :||Eric Lopez 562.570.5690|
The effort to repair the Naples seawalls has taken a major step forward. The California Coastal Commission is scheduled to hear the City's request to proceed with a waterside repair project at the next Southern California meeting, October 9-11, 2013. The City of Long Beach and the Coastal Commission have been working together to design a project to repair the dilapidated seawalls and address significant seismic issues, while providing appropriate mitigation.
"The Naples seawalls are in dire need of repair and must be addressed," said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. "Fortunately, a mutually-agreeable solution appears to be in sight."
The Naples seawalls have been found to be in a state of significant disrepair, and are at risk of collapse in a moderate earthquake. The seawalls are public infrastructure. They are the responsibility of the City of Long Beach. As such, the City has reserved $9.2 million in Tidelands funding for the project.
After significant study of impacts to residents, infrastructure and the environment, the City will be requesting approval of a waterside project to install a new cantilevered sheet pile wall that will not require any tie back anchors, and provide maximum protection to adjacent infrastructure. The City's study showed a land-side project is not feasible because it would result in numerous impacts including the removal of all the mature trees and the public walkway along the canals, destabilize house foundations and more than double the cost of a waterside project.
"Since joining the Coastal Commission a few months ago, I've been working with coastal and city staff on a win-win project that addresses our immediate needs in Naples. I'm thankful to the Naples Seawall Committee for their extraordinary advocacy and work," said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia.
"I'm pleased we are finally moving forward with this project," said Third District Councilmember Gary DeLong. “While I had hoped this project could have moved more quickly, I am encouraged that both sides are working together to fix this critical issue.”
Although the hearing is scheduled for October, the City is finalizing construction plans and preparing bid documents in order to expedite the project once all approvals are obtained. The following is the project schedule:
Project plan check September to end of October
Project goes out to bid-early November and closes December
City Council award of construction contract January
Construction begins February
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