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San Diego Tribune feat. Rick Frank: CA's high court to weigh Encinitas seawall case

State's high court ready to weigh Encinitas seawall case

By Deborah Sullivan Brennan

"An Encinitas case that will be heard Thursday by the California Supreme Court could tip the fate of thousands of coastal homes at risk of crumbling into the sea.

The case centers on an ongoing dispute between the California Coastal Commission and two bluff-top property owners over a seawall that for decades blocked the onslaught of waves threatening to erode the bluff. After a storm demolished the original seawall, the commission granted a permit to repair it, but placed a 20-year time limit on the barrier that the plaintiffs allege is unconstitutional...

'The specific climate change impact that the Coastal Commission is focused on is sea level rise, and increased frequency and intensity of coastal storms,' said Rick Frank, director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at the UC Davis School of Law. 'This is the first time this issue of the propriety of long-range planning efforts in relation to projected climate change impacts has gotten to the Supreme Court.'"

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