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Calendar >  RE:BEACH Jury Recommends Winning Design Team

RE:BEACH Jury Recommends Winning Design Team

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Recommendation to be Presented to Oceanside City Council on January 31, 2024

Oceanside, CA – Following the third and final Public Workshop for the RE:BEACH project, a Jury/Advisory Panel comprised of a diverse group of coastal scientists, community leaders and regional representatives recently met to evaluate proposals from the three international Design Team finalists:  Deltares/MVRDV, Scape/ESA/Dredge Research Collaborative, and International Coastal Management (ICM).  The Jury/Advisory Panel had an opportunity to meet one-on-one with each Design Team to further discuss the technical, societal, environmental, and financial components of each proposal.  Following these discussions, the RE:BEACH Jury expressed their unanimous support of a preferred alternative, International Coastal Management’s “Living Speed Bumps” concept.  The “Living Speed Bumps” concept includes the construction of two small headlands that will aim to stabilize sand on the back beach, with an offshore artificial reef aimed at slowing down nearshore erosive forces.  ICM, based in Australia’s Gold Coast, has decades of experience implementing “speed bumps” on their own coastline, bringing forward a new concept for Oceanside’s coast, but with a proven track record of success on the East Coast of Australia.

“We are absolutely delighted to announce our selection as the chosen team by the RE:BEACH jury!” remarked Aaron Salyer, principal engineer and director at ICM. “This opportunity perfectly aligns with our deep passion for impactful projects, and we are confident that Oceanside will emerge as a shining example of coastal resilience in California. Our commitment extends beyond design; we eagerly anticipate contributing our extensive expertise in implementation, monitoring, and management of dynamic coastal environments to ensure the success of this exciting project.”

The Jury’s selection of this option was based on the proposal’s ability to meet the RE:BEACH project goals and design criteria. According to the Jury, ICM’s concept clearly demonstrates potential positive impact in retaining sand, while leveraging existing infrastructure to further extend the effectiveness of sand placement.  Based on the Jury/Advisory Panel deliberations and public feedback, two key modifications to the design will be promoted: (1) refinement of the top of the headland space to use more environmentally or aesthetically pleasing elements that blend with Oceanside’s character, and (2) utilization of rock instead of geotextile bags for construction of the artificial nearshore reef.

While the Jury/Advisory Panel deliberations offered important feedback and a clear recommended winning concept, the Oceanside City Council will ultimately provide the final approval and guidance on the recommended design.

“We are proud to have worked with all three finalist teams through the RE:BEACH process,” said Samuel Carter, Principal at Resilient Cities Catalyst, a partner in the project.  “We see all the proposed solutions as contributing greatly to the conversation about how to build coastal resilience in these uncertain times.”

Through the RE:BEACH process, teams collected hundreds of comments, in person and online, from the numerous residents and community groups who showed up by the hundreds to the Public Workshop series. Working with local community organizations like Save Oceanside Sand, Surfrider Foundation, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, and others, the Design Teams each engaged in robust community conversations on the long-standing issue of beach erosion in Oceanside.

Coupled with public feedback received throughout the RE:BEACH process, the Project Team and City staff will present the winning concept and recommended modifications to Oceanside City Council for approval at a public workshop on January 31, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.  In the meantime, opportunities to provide public comment on the designs considered remains open until January 13, 2024 at rebeach.org.  Once the concept is approved by the City Council, the Project Team will develop final engineering plans and pursue environmental compliance for the winning design alternative. The planning and environmental review process is anticipated to take 1-2 years, and construction could begin as early as 2026.

Follow along the RE:BEACH website at rebeach.org to stay up to date with the decision process. A feedback form is available on the project website until January 13. All comments received will be included in the design project brought forward to the Oceanside City Council.

About RE:BEACH  RE:BEACH is a Coastal Resilience Competition bringing together three design teams from around the world to develop innovative sand retention pilot projects for the City of Oceanside. Only one team, and their winning design, will be selected to move into final engineering and permitting at the completion of the competition.  

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