Stop The Windansea Gazebo Construction


Thank you for your continued support! Your donations, petition signatures, letters and volunteer hours have sustained our efforts to stop local groups, La Jolla Parks and Beaches and Friends of Windansea, building a Gazebo (aka Belvedere) west of Neptune Place on the delicate Windansea bluff. 

In 2021, La Jolla Parks and Beaches paid the City of San Diego and consultants approximately $75,000 in permit application fees to secure a Coastal Development Permit to build a Gazebo at Windansea. The permit was approved by the City of San Diego and Preserve Windansea appealed the decision to the California Coastal Commission. 

The appeal is centered on three (3) inconsistencies with the City’s Local Coastal Program and the California Coastal Act:

1: Incomplete Geotechnical Analysis: Sea Level Rise/Managed Retreat
2: California Coastal Public Trail View Impacts
3: Lack of Adequate Parking for Public Access

The appeal is pending at the California Coastal Commission and they do not anticipate reviewing the appeal until April 2023.

Congestion along Neptune Place

The proposed construction will adversely affect the integrity of the bluff and the uninterrupted public panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Neptune Place is a narrow, beach front road heavily congested with cars, bikes, scooters and pedestrians. A Gazebo will become an attractive nuisance adding to this congestion. To pass each other pedestrians and runners are forced to step off narrow and uneven sidewalk onto the eroding bluff or into oncoming traffic. This is a major public safety hazard.

The City's approval of this permit not only conflicts with the policies of the Local Coastal Program and the California Coastal Act but is a reckless use of private donations and taxpayers money to build, maintain and sanitize the Gazebo in perpetuity. This money could go a long way to fixing the existing dilapidated infrastructure of Windansea Beach such as storm drains, pump house, benches, white fencing, stairways, sidewalks etc.

The Gazebos belong at the commercialized Scripps Park and Coast Blvd. not at the small residential Windansea Beach. The existing Gazeboes at Scripps Park and Coast Blvd. have suffered years of neglect, the City does not repair, restore or maintain these Gazeboes (see images below).

The Neglected Belvederes of La Jolla
A Public Health Risk

Illegal Use of Belvederes at Scripps Park, La Jolla, CA

The La Jolla Belvederes/Gazebos belong at the commercialized Scripps Park and Coast Blvd. where they currently stand rotten and tittering on the eroded bluffs. Sea level rise is real and it's only a matter of time before these structures fall off the bluff into the ocean. The City of San Diego is responsible for maintaining and policing the existing Belvederes at Scripps Park and along Coast Blvd. Used by street vendors and where people experiencing homelessness sleep and defecate these Belvederes have become a Public Safety and Health Hazards. Homelessness and Hepatitis A-San Diego County, 2016-2018

The Neglected Belvederes of La Jolla
A Public Safety Risk

Bluff Erosion Beneath Belvederes at Scripps Park, La Jolla, CA

Below are examples of the current erosion beneath the existing Belvederes at Scripps Park. Anyone entering these Belvederes is putting their lives at risk. They remain unmaintained by the City of San Diego who would also be responsible for maintaining the proposed Windansea Belvedere.