Approximately 18 months ago, the City embarked on an aggressive work plan to have unauthorized encroachments in parklands removed.   The City hired a Code Enforcement Officer and identified priority areas of focus for achieving the removal of un-permitted structures and barriers to public access in designated open space.  When we commenced with this effort, staff referenced the Lunada Bay patio structure as one example of an un-permitted and in-authorized structure on public lands.  Not too long after, the City was contacted by the California Coastal Commission and sued in both Federal and State Courts for, among other things, the existence of the Lunada Bay patio structure. 

Subsequently, at its meeting of July 12, 2016, the Palos Verdes Estates City Council voted to process the required permits for the removal of the patio structure. No one came forward to claim ownership or responsibility for structure or for maintaining it, and as an encroachment, the City determined that is must be removed.  Thereafter, at its meeting on September 20, 2016, the Planning Commission held a public hearing for a Coastal Development Permit to remove the structure that in turn was approved by the City Council at its meeting on September 27. The City plans to remove the structure by the winter season. The means by which the structure is removed and the shoreline restored to its natural condition will be determined by the contractor hired for the demolition.  Options available range from walking the debris up to the top of the bluff to its removal by helicopter.  The work will include removal of the material at “Wally’s” located at the other end of the cove and all other debris that has been identified and corralled in the cove.  The area beneath the Bandini Outfall (storm drain) used as a gathering place has already been cleared.

In support of the City’s commitment to preserving the coastline, the City – working closely with Heal the Bay – sponsored a beach clean-up along the entire coastline with volunteers in Malaga Cove, Bluff Cove and Lunada Bay.  Over 100 lbs of trash was removed by many volunteers.  This is an annual event that the City is proud to sponsor in coordination with Heal the Bay.  It provides the City and its volunteers the opportunity to maintain the coastline and routinely remove trash and debris.

These activities illustrate the City’s proactive efforts to abate nuisances and ensure compliance with our land use rules and building codes, the liability and risk concerns for public use of the unpermitted structure, and its well-documented commitment to maintaining the City’s pristine, natural coastline for public enjoyment. The City and its Police Department maintain a focus on ensuring all public areas, including Lunada Bay, remain safe, accessible and enjoyed by all who live, visit and work in the community. The City Council’s deliberations and background material pertaining to the unpermitted patio structure can be viewed on the City’s website at or by the following links: 

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