The beaches and the Pacific Ocean are what draw so many people to San Diego. And visitors need places to eat, sit and sleep.
But you have to be really careful when you build things near the coast. Nature doesn’t appreciate wooden piers and five-star hotels as much as we do.
Here are three things developers need to consider before they build on the waterfront:
It turns out that sand may not be so timeless after all.
San Diego County’s two littoral cells — miles of coastline, basically — have been worn down by population growth, urban sprawl and dams that have changed the way sand filters down to the beaches through the county’s watersheds.
Since the end of World War II, the Oceanside cell, which runs north from La Jolla to Dana Point, has lost 55 percent of its sand. And the Silver Strand, which stretches from Point Loma to Ensenada, Mexico, has lost more than 70 percent.