September 30, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Malibu's celebrity haven of Broad Beach is struggling to survive as nature chews away at the shoreline and a $20 million effort to replace sand appears to be stuck in the mud.
The Los Angeles Times says homeowners have run up against opposition and complicated approval processes as they pursue a plan to dredge sand from elsewhere and dump it to restore the beachfront.
About three years ago, state regulators allowed homeowners to build an emergency rock wall to protect dozens of multimillion-dollar homes.
However, the commission ordered residents to come up with a stabilization plan that must take effect by 2015.
Homeowners say they've spent about $5 million so far for scientific studies and regulatory approvals but they have yet to complete a formal proposal.
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