Preserve Windansea Beach Association

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Vision Statement

A safe natural shoreline & beach park that delivers wellness, health & nature for all of us. A public park where everyone can connect, walk, run, roll & bike. Restore, preserve & maintain this iconic natural shoreline & beach park, making it sustainable, resilient & free from potential crime. The spirit of Windansea is captured in its open vistas, free from the effects of people & construction, which inspire visitors to reflect on the grandeur of the ocean & the beauty of the ever changing topography of the beach.

A safe natural shoreline & beach park for all of us.

Stop The Windansea Gazebo Construction

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Please help stop this unnecessary structure being built on the neglected and fragile Windansea Shoreline & Public Beach Park. A gazebo/belvedere construction permit application #666879 (Neri) is pending at the City of San Diego Development Department. The gazebo/belvedere permit application, to build on public land, was submitted by a private group of local people who are nostalgic for gazebo/belvederes built in the 1920's, when there was limited residential development or other structures at this public park. One such Belvedere became such a public nuisance (late night parties, alcohol & drugs) in the 1980's that is was torn down by a frustrated Windansea resident.


Windansea Beach is a unique residential beach and cannot be compared to the commercialized beaches around Coast Blvd where other Belvederes reside.


The proposed gazebo/belvedere structure would be located at the top of the staircase on Neptune Place between Rosemont and Kolmar. This structure will dig 3 feet down into the bluff, block the public view shed (as per the San Diego Municipal Codes for the public viewing of the shoreline beach) and the historical Windansea Surf Shack. There are issues of neglect that have in turn created public safety issues, watershed issues, eroding bluffs and chronic infrastructure degradation, all require immediate attention. The notion of building any structure on these delicate & eroding bluffs is outrageous and reckless! These types of structures are also crime magnets, encouraging late night gatherings, drug dealing and overnight shelter for the homeless. You the tax payer will have to pay for clean ups, maintenance & repairs!


We already received more than 700 opposing signatures and letters. These will be very helpful when we present at the City Planning Commission hearings on this topic.


We need your support! Please add you name to the petition Sign the petition. Please join us in opposing the belvedere permit. Write letters of opposition, join our email list and donate to help cover fees we are incurring to Stop The Gazebo/Belvedere construction.


Thank you for your support!

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Take Action Now!

Want this at Windansea Beach?

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Displaced person sleeping in Belvedere, Scripps Park, La Jolla

Trashed out Belvedere, Scripps Park, La Jolla

Five Things You Can Do To Stop Windansea Gazebo Construction


  1. Share this email flyer with 10 friends (click here to download flyer).
  2. Write a letter of opposition to the City Planning Department (Email your letter to kbucey@sandiego.gov Karen Bucey, Development Project Manager, City of San Diego. It is very important Preserve Windansea receive a copy of your letter, please cc: preservewindansea@gmail.com)
  3. Sign the Stop The Gazebo petition (click here to sign petition)
  4. Donate: All monies will be used for Land Use Attorney and Environmental Consultant to oppose the Gazebo construction at the public City hearings and at possible appeals. (click here to donate)
  5. Join Our Email List: get involved, attend meetings & receive updates ​​(click here to sign up)

Public Safety Issues at Windansea Beach

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Dangerous open and crumbling Storm drains that inadequately handle toxic runoff from streets.

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Dysfunctional Sewage Pump Station located on beach bluffs with crumbling stucco infrastructure, broken fencing, often graffitied, routinely malfunctions emitting disgusting rotten egg smell into air and sewage into the ocean prompting frequent beach closures.

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Old rusted out, jagged Sewer pipe left lying exposed on the sandy beach where people recreate.

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Severe bluff erosion, some due to the effect of climate change and watershed issues, and pedestrian foot traffic due to inadequate boundary fencing and signage.

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5 different types of fencing rotten, corroded or sinking into the bluff that do not adequately protect the bluffs or provide public safety.

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Precariously built Stairways with public safety access issues.

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Concrete benches next to fowl smelling trash cans poised to slide down the eroded bluff. Surf Shack off in the far distance, this is the Historic structure used by the City to promote Windansea beach park.

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Very narrow and uneven sidewalk with tripping hazards, causing people to step into oncoming traffic to pass each other.

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The bluff top road, Neptune Place, is a collage of potholes and asphalt patches, not safe for cyclists or pedestrians.

[All donations at this time will go to Land Use Attorney and Environmental Consultant Fees associated with Stop The Gazebo Campaign]

About Us

Preserve Windansea Beach Association was formed in early 2021 by Windansea residents concerned about the current public safety issues at Windansea Shoreline and Beach Park. We launch campaigns to fight public safety issues and are committed to the long term preservation and sustainability of this natural shoreline and beach park, with iconic open vistas, for all to enjoy.


Our first campaign, to stop private groups building structures like Gazebos on the public Windansea shoreline, quickly gained support in the community. We received more than 100 letters opposing the construction of the Gazebo in two months. Our ongoing “Stop The Gazbo” petition is approaching 1000 signatures. We raised $20,000 to pay Great Ecology to conduct a Biological Study, create a formal presentation to City Officials and cover legal fees. This campaign is still ongoing.


Preserve Windansea is growing and our members include Windansea residents, La Jollans and San Diegans who visit Windansea Shoreline and Beach to recreate and enjoy its open unobstructed vistas and epic sunsets. We believe this natural public shoreline and beach park is a beach for all of us. Please join Us. Click here to join our email list and receive updates.

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Contact Us: preservewindansea@gmail.com

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