Winter storm preparation continues at Goleta Beach Park.

Paul Wellman

Winter storm preparation continues at Goleta Beach Park.

Goleta Beach Park Takes Shelter

County Maintains Winter Sand Berm

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Maintenance on a winter sand berm continued Monday at Goleta Beach Park, where the County of Santa Barbara is preparing for El Niño-fueled heavy surf. Protecting park facilities from the pier to the west end of the beach, the 2,400-foot berm shelters sanitary sewer, electrical and water lines, and the Beachside Bar-Café, whose owner in 2014 was swept out to sea when a rogue wave hit his restaurant. Intended to prevent serious flooding and damage, the berm was completed in late December under an Emergency Permit from the California Coastal Commission, according to the county’s Parks Division.

By Paul Wellman

Completed in late December, the barrier requires constant upkeep during the rainy season.

By Paul Wellman

From Goleta Beach Pier to the beach's west end, the 2,400-foot sand berm protects park facilities and the Beachside Bar-Café.

By Paul Wellman

Goleta Beach Park on January, 11, 2016.

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