Venice Beach to get $1.6M sand buffer

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed today to spend $1.6 million to move sand at Venice Beach shore up a section of coast eroded by previous storms.

Department of Public Works employees will move about 30,000 cubic yards of dry sand that has blown inland, north of the Venice breakwater, to an area about a half-mile south, where significant erosion occurred during winter storms from December 2004 to February 2005.

The breakwater has kept the ocean's natural wave action from replenishing the beach near lifeguard headquarters in Venice.

The move will "provide a buffer to protect inland structures from coastal storm flooding and damage,'' according to William Fujioka, the county's chief executive officer.

Funding for the project come from vehicle license fees.

Construction is expected to begin in November and to take about six to eight weeks to complete.