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March 12, 2019 - Half Moon Bay will soon be installing temporary safety fencing along the bluff adjacent to the Coastal Trail at several locations near Poplar Beach, due to encroaching erosion which is threatening to undermine parts of the bluff.
March 12, 2019City Taking Steps to Protect Coastal Trail UsersTemporary Safety Fencing to be Installed on Eroding Bluff Near Poplar BeachThe City of Half Moon Bay will soon be installing temporary safety fencing along the bluff adjacent to the Coastal Trail at several locations near Poplar Beach, due to encroaching erosion which is threatening to undermine parts of the bluff (see photos below).
Due to the amount of rainfall we've recently received, significant additional erosion along the bluff adjacent to the Coastal Trail has become more evident. After examining the bluff and trail area and assessing the amount of erosion there on Tuesday, the City decided, in an abundance of caution, to install safety fencing to alert trail users and maintain the public's safety in the area of erosion. Temporary fencing has been ordered, and installation is anticipated to take place within seven-to-ten days.
The City reminds trail users to stay on the paved Coastal Trail, and stay away from the edges of the bluff. The dirt trail closest to the edge of the bluff - and where significant erosion is occurring - is not the formal Coastal Trail. In fact, that area is sensitive habitat and is damaged when walked on. Walking on the dirt path also contributes to the erosion.
The City has been monitoring and evaluating erosion on the bluffs throughout this area for some time, and as part of the Poplar Beach Gateways Plan is working on adaptation strategies, toward developing a more permanent solution. Community members may be interested in reviewing the "Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail Existing Conditions & Trail Planning Recommendations" document, which is foundational to the Poplar Beach Gateways Planeffort.
In the meantime, the temporary fencing is an important step in assuring public safety while community members utilize the trail in that area.