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Naples Seawall Phase 1 (Completed)

Status Update - The Project is Complete!

October 31, 2015

The grand opening of the Rivo Alto Canal was held on October 31, 2015.  Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Suzie Price, City Manager Pat West, and the Naples Community came out to celebrate the occasion.  That day marked completion of Phase 1! 

Below are two artistic renderings of the new seawalls and parkway along the canal.

Naples Complete Canal  Naples Sidewalk Complete

Dock Fees

As you may have read in the Coastal Commission permit, the City of Long Beach must comply with Special Condition 10 (below).  The Long Beach City Council took action to update the dock fees on June 16, 2015. The proposed annual rent is $0.50 per square foot of water space occupied by docks, floats, gangways, or piers, including berthing space surrounding the structures. View more information.

Special Condition 10: Dock Float and Pier Leases

Prior to the placement of any dock floats into Rivo Canal after the completion of the approved Phase One seawall repairs, the applicant shall institute a lease program for the project area (at a minimum, the Phase One area), with appropriate prices established in relation to the lease area and temporal length of each lease. The lease program shall allow for the limited-term private use and occupation of state tidelands for development associated with recreational boating activities (i.e., private docks and piers). The money generated by the leases shall be deposited into the City’s Tidelands Fund to be utilized for public access improvements, including the public walkway required by Special Condition Fourteen of this coastal development permit, and future seawall repairs.

    Design Details

    On January 15, 2014, the City hosted a community meeting at the Long Beach Yacht Club.  City staff provided a detailed oral and visual presentation concerning many elements of the new wall's design.  The City asked residents to provide their opinions regarding their preferred wall cap design.  Residents and  property owners responded, choosing "Option 1". Read more about the results and request for light and bench suggestions.

    Please View “Division H” for R-6983 Naples Island Permanent Seawall Repairs, Phase I. To view the full specifications book, please schedule an appointment with the Tidelands CIP Division.

    To learn more about the proposed design, you can view the slides , or you can read an annotated version of the slideshow

     NaplesSeawallOutreachLetterView Q & A CoastalCommissionNoticeOfIntent
    Naples Seawall Community Outreach LetterQuestions & AnswersCoastal Commission Notice of Intent

    Project Details and Background

    The Naples seawall was carefully evaluated in 2009 and were found to be in a state of significant disrepair.  The seawall is public infrastructure and the responsibility of the City of Long Beach.  As required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), in 2010, Long Beach certified a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project.  As such, the City has reserved $9.2 million in Tidelands funding for the project.

    The CEQA process was intensive. Long Beach released the Naples Seawall Interim and Long Range Repair Initial Study on January 26, 2010. A Final Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project was certified by the Long Beach Planning Commission on May 6, 2010. A CEQA Notice of Determination was filed with the Los Angeles County Clerk on May 10, 2010.

    After significant study of impacts to residents, infrastructure and the environment, the City requested approval from the California Coastal Commission of a waterside project to install a new cantilevered steel sheet pile wall that will not require any tie back anchors, and provide maximum protection to adjacent infrastructure.  Four alternatives were evaluated extensively before the request was made.  The City's study shows 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.

    On October 9, 2013, the Coastal Commission voted unanimously to approve the City’s application to proceed with a waterside repair project of the Naples Seawalls. A key component of this action was the approval of a compromise to work with residents through an extensive community input process to design a public walkway on Sorrento Walk that meets the requirements of the Coastal Commission, while addressing neighborhood needs.


    NOVEMBER 17, 2014

    View the permit


    OCTOBER 9, 2013

    Coastal Commission staff recommended consideration of the City's application for the Naples Island Seawall Repair Project (Phase One) involving installation of 18-in. wide steel sheet-piles on water side of existing vertical concrete seawalls along both sides of Rivo Alto Canal (1,915 linear feet) resulting in fill of approx. 1,727 square feet of submerged soft-bottom habitat, and mitigation program involving excavation of north bank of Colorado Lagoon to create approx. 20,908 square feet of submerged soft bottom habitat to mitigate for loss of soft-bottom habitat for this first phase and five future phases of seawall repairs. Also includes new guardrails, landscape beds, sidewalks and street lighting at 95-166 Rivo Alto Canal (between Ravenna Drive Bridge and The Toledo east bridge), Naples Island, Long Beach, Los Angeles County.

    The project and mitigation program will still require additional approvals from regulatory agencies, including the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.  The City's application is agenda Item 15a.