California Coastal Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed settlement to remove the Lapis Lustre Sand Mine in Marina. This historical settlement was signed by Cemex on June 23, after almost two years of investigations and confidential negotiations. 50 advocates and supporters attended the rally with T-shirts and signs urging Commissioners to approve the settlement.
What this means
Under the agreement, Cemex will have to cut back their production by roughly a third. They will continue to operate for three years, and stop taking sand from our beaches by the end of 2020.
After that, they will have three years to remove all the buildings, equipment, and restore the land to native dune habitat. They will be required to sell the property to a non-profit or government agency approved by the commission, and the land will be preserved for habitat, coastal access, and recreation.
Why this is a good deal
While Surfrider has been demanding that Cemex to close now, the reality is without an agreement they could have slowed down any action by potentially ten years through lawsuits. After that, they could have sold the land to a developer or hotel.
With this agreement, we know the land will be converted to parks and open space, and have a guarantee that the plant will close.