Balancing environmental protection, public access, and shoreline development
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The 2.5-mile Long Beach shoreline is a valued natural beach and dune area that supports wetlands and wildlife; it also offers breathtaking ocean views as well as recreational, residential, and economic opportunities. We are drawn to the beauty and bounty of our shoreline; it is where we desire to build our homes and businesses, harvest seafood, and play in the dunes and on the beach. But activities such as these may threaten the very qualities that draw us to the shoreline. How do we balance development/use with protection of the shoreline? Striking that balance is the purpose of the City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP).