MALIBU—The $31 million plan to restore Broad Beach, which is home to various celebrities, such as Ray Romano, Pierce Brosnan and Dustin Hoffman is facing concerns from Ventura County police officials who are worried about the implications of what 4,300 truck trips hauling over 300,000 cubic yards of sand can bring to the area.
The project to restore the eroding sand to the affluent neighborhood is projected to begin within a year. Funded by the residents of the area, Broad Beach is getting a makeover as trucks bring in sand from Moorpark and Fillmore, which is expected to help replenish the eroded sand due to environmental factors and aggressive storms.
“The goal here is to make this a perpetual project,” said the Broad Beach Geologic Hazard Abatement District attorney.
City officials are concerned over the routes that will go through Fillmore’s Highway 23 to Highway 126, leading to Broad Beach.
Ventura County Supervisor, Peter Foy states that, “It’s going to be good economics for people, and people are driving and getting jobs and all, but 40,000 one-way trucks? You can’t tell me that thousands of people’s lives aren’t going to get disrupted by those impacts.”
Foy added, “I can see lots of issues.” His district encompasses Moorpark.
The California Coastal Commission has gone ahead to begin the project. CCC’s spokesperson, Noaki Schwartz spoke to Canyon News about the proposed project in October indicating that once the project is set into place, it should last for about 10 years.
Moorpark declined to allow for the use of Walnut Canyon Road, Moorpark Avenue and Grimes Canyon Road, according to the Ventura County Star. Routes will go north on Highway 23, leading to Fillmore, then leading to Highway 126, from Los Posas Rd. to Pacific Coast Highway then to Broad Beach, according to project manager, Mark Ross.
This proposition will allow for trucks to take an alternate route in case of accidents or backups on the road. According to reports, Fillmore is allegedly upset with Moorpark for sending trucks through a lower-income neighborhood.
“For them to enter into an agreement that basically says no trucks come through their community, but go ahead and send them to Fillmore, a community that is lower-income compared to Moorpark, doesn’t feel right, doesn’t look right, doesn’t smell right,” says Dave Rowlands, City Manager to Fillsdmore, in a Ventura County newsletter.
City officials are scheduled to meet with Goss on December 8 for proposed alternate routes. According to reports made by Ventura County’s bulletin, if the project decides to use the Gillibrand Quarry then Simi Valley might be included in the plans.
Canyon News reached out to Ventura County City officials, but no comment has been provided.