Broad Beach in Malibu: still a public beach in the next years?

A $4 million seawall is going up in Malibu to protect million-dollar estates threatened by high tides and heavy surf. Local residents like Steven Spielberg, Pierce Brosnan and Goldie Hawn have all agreed to pitch in to protect their homes from beach erosion.

Currently, construction crews are hauling in approximately 70,000 tons of rock from Corona and then, one by one, the rocks are being lowered onto Broad Beach.

Ironic name, huh? In about a month, a 4,000-foot-long, 8-foot-high wall of rock will be constructed. Then the inevitable result will be - no beach.

While there is no dispute that homeowners need to protect their homes, many locals are concerned that residents are trying to keep the public off the beach. Concerned citizens are asking for a commitment from the homeowners to put sand back on the ocean-side of the rocks and restore the beach for public use.

The long term cost of this project could add up to $15-$20 million to "permanently" restore Broad Beach (sand replenishment projects on eroding beaches typically need to be repeated every few years).

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