The Marine Science Institute, an educational nonprofit in Redwood City, has restored a beach used for children’s programs and water sports after finally securing the required permit from a regional Bay development oversight agency— a process many have described as unnecessarily complicated and time-consuming.

Redwood City beach

A bulldozer spreads the sand around the beach to finalize its restoration.

“I think [the Bay Conservation and Development Commission] started feeling the heat and the pressure from everyone asking about it — we had people from [U.S. Rep.] Jackie Speier’s office and other political people plus the media saying this is a little tiny project, what is the holdup?” said Marilou Seiff, MSI’s executive director. 

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And where, pray tell, IS this “beach”?


This is great news and I want to congratulate MSI on finally getting this done. Why this couldn't have been done 6 years ago when MSI originally applied for the permit only BCDC can explain. BCDC's spokesperson's "it takes both parties to make the permit process work" comment utterly misrepresents the agency's practices of delay and
obstruction. And when delay and obstruction fails, they demand utterly unreasonable, and unaffordable, restrictions. Per your article, It seems to me that BCDC are targetting the South Bay for their nonsense and our commissioners in San Mateo County should be leading the reform of the agency.

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