Cardiff State Beach Living Shoreline Project Dedication Ceremony to be Held May 22

Encinitas, CA – The City of Encinitas will be joining with key agency partners to celebrate the completion of a major shoreline project in the Cardiff State Beach area at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at the Restaurant Row’s Chart House Restaurant south parking lot located at 101 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas, CA 92024.  The news conference and ribbon cutting ceremony will include speakers from the City of Encinitas, California State Coastal Conservancy, California State Parks, the Nature Collective (formerly San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy) and others.

The shoreline between Restaurant Row and South Cardiff State Beach (Seaside) now holds a half-mile of native coastal sand dune habitat and a nearly complete pedestrian pathway. Headed by the City of Encinitas, California State Parks, the State Coastal Conservancy and the Nature Collective, the Cardiff State Beach Living Shoreline project was constructed this past winter and completed this spring thanks to the combined support of state and local partners focusing on the protection of Highway 101 and limiting coastal flooding potential, while enhancing wildlife habitat for sensitive and special-status plant and animal species.

The Cardiff State Beach Living Shoreline project started in October 2018 using excavated sands from the San Elijo Lagoon inlet and existing riprap, or large granite rocks. Construction progressed in three phases, each one-third of the project length, with sands for the last phase brought over by the April 2019 inlet excavation. Riprap was first laid on the foundation, followed by the infill of the riprap with sand and the placement of extracted cobbles at the toe of the constructed dune slope. Hummocks, or mounds, were then finely contoured using San Elijo Lagoon inlet excavated sand.  Dune construction was finalized with the planting of native dune species, such as beach primrose and red-sand verbena, and the installation of beach access fencing, which delineates public access paths through the dune systems and helps protect the dunes from erosion.

WHAT                Cardiff State Beach Living Shoreline Dedication Ceremony

WHEN                Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin immediately after the news conference at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE              The south parking area adjacent to the Chart House Restaurant, 101 N. Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024


  • Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Mayor City of Encinitas
  • Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer, California State Coastal Conservancy
  • Kimberly Weinstein, San Diego Coast District Superintendent, California State Parks
  • Jane Hendron, Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Bradley Nussbaum, Habitat Management Director, the Nature Collective (formerly San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy)


  • City, elected officials and partner agency leaders at project site for a ribbon cutting ceremony with ocean views, vibrant dune plants, wildlife in the sky and on the beach. Event is open for public attendance.
  • Guided tours will be provided to news media to get a personal experience of the new pedestrian path with designated beach access points through the dunes;
  • Newly installed native dune plants, including red sand verbena and beach primrose; and
  • Possible sightings of sandpipers and other shorebirds. The endangered Snowy Plover is one of several bird species that will benefit from undisturbed sand dune nest sites.


About City of Encinitas

Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 60,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. The city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia.

About California State Parks

With more than 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites and 4,500 miles of trails, State Parks provides for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Off-highway motor vehicle recreation, boating activities, horseback riding, on- and off-road cycling, hiking, camping and rock climbing are some of the recreational activities enjoyed in 280 state parks.

About California State Coastal Conservancy

The Coastal Conservancy is a State agency established in 1976 to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, help people access and enjoy the outdoors, and sustain local economies along the length of California’s coast and around San Francisco Bay.

About the Nature Collective (formerly San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy)

The Nature Collective is a nonprofit that exists to drive a passion for nature, for all. Our vision is a world where everyone experiences, connects with, and protects nature. We uphold inclusivity and diversity when serving those growing up devoid of nature, those who remember nature and want to connect back to it, and those who already have an affinity with the outdoors. CONNECT. EXPERIENCE. PROTECT.