A robust seawall, north of the pier, is essential for the future of Pacifica. We, as Pacificans, need to join together now to support our City Council and help to secure funding for the project.

These are social justice and economic equity issues. At risk are 1,000 of our most affordable homes in beautiful Sharp Park, plus our city’s public infrastructure, at a combined likely cost of $1 billion (that’s 1,000 x $1 million!). Relocating the sewer pumping station alone, plus underground pipes to and from — which serves 16,000 Pacificans — would cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The economic stability of our entire city rests with a robust seawall.

Building a robust seawall is a taxpayer bargain, compared to letting the sea wash away Sharp Park and our key public infrastructure. A robust seawall is critical to the future vitality and economic survival of our city. And, it needs to be done immediately. Why are a few radical voices who wish to see our beautiful Sharp Park neighborhoods washed away into the sea being given such a large pulpit? Why are they being allowed to delay such a critical project from proceeding?

Protecting the public safety, economic vibrancy and public infrastructure are the main charges of our city government, all of which are affected by a robust seawall. Pacifica residents, taxpayers and business owners deserve to have their homes, investments, businesses, recreation and livelihood protected.

This should not require long deliberation. Let’s join together to secure the funding and build a modern seawall along Beach Boulevard without further delay.

Tom Thompson

Sharp Park

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