Seawall at Harbor House Condos

Figure 2: The Harbor House Condominiums in Monterey, California was permitted to install an emergency seawall on a public beach to protect private property. Historic aerial photographs show that the shoreline fronting the Harbor House Condominiums has retreated over 20 m in the past 28 years (0.7 m/yr), in keeping with the overall long-term average coastal retreat rate for the region (Fig. 1). Rapid coastal retreat is evinced by the “hanging” stormwater outfalls in the foreground. During high surf conditions the once wide beach is now impassable in front of the sea wall.

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