The Cemex Lapis Sand Mine is mining approximately 270,000 cubic yards of sand from our beach in Marina, CA every year. For this reason Southern Monterey Bay beaches are eroding at an unnaturally accelerated rate. Sand is a precious resource, vital to coastal ecosystems, our infrastructure, our way of life and all who visit and love the beach.
Honorable California Coastal Commission and California State Lands Commission,
We are writing a coordinated petition to both state agencies because we believe this issue directly pertains to both agencies, and can be addressed by both agencies, working in coordination. This violation is so egregious to the integrity of our coast in Southern Monterey Bay that we respectfully urge you to take steps to notify the Cemex Lapis Lustre sand mine in Marina, CA that they must halt their operations immediately.
For the Coastal Commission--extensive evidence indicates that the Cemex sand mining plant is violating the Coastal Act by undertaking development in the coastal zone without a Coastal Development Permit or a vested rights determination.
For the State Lands Commission--extensive evidence indicates that the sand being mined from the man made pond on the Cemex site is public trust sand from below the mean high tide line which is being pushed into the pond on a regular basis. It is taking critical sediment that constitutes the length of the southern Monterey bay, causing amassing harm to home and business owners, city infrastructure, the local economy, and quality of life.
It is extraordinarily exasperating and dispiriting to watch sand being trucked away from our very own shores every day. So, we ask you to please complete your investigations and take real action. Thank you.