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$1.6-million county project approved to replace sand on Venice Beach

October 12, 2010 |  5:05 pm

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a $1.6 million project to replace 30,000 cubic yards of sand at Venice Beach eroded by rainstorms in recent years.

Significant loss of sand has occurred at the beach during severe winter storms of 2004-05 and in early 2010, the Department of Public Works said.

“The natural wave action has not replenished the sand in front of the lifeguard headquarters and the adjacent beach area due to the location of the breakwater at Venice Beach. Also, the wind naturally blows the sand inland where it accumulates and creates a nuisance for local businesses and the promenade,” the Department of Public Works said in a letter to the supervisors.

“The project will more evenly spread the sand and increase the existing beach width to improve the recreational area,” the report said.

The sand will be shipped in from a beach north of the Venice breakwater, which has excess sand.

The project will take six to eight weeks and is expected to begin in November and end in January.

There are enough funds in the capital projects budget to finance the sand project, county officials said.

Although Venice Beach is located in the city of Los Angeles, the county is responsible for maintaining the beach under an agreement reached between the two governments in 1975.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration

Photo: Marina del Rey resident Neil Strassberg, 45, practices his morning qigong against a backdrop of overcast skies in Venice in April. The beach has lost a considerable among of sand during storms in recent years. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times