Orange County supervisors on Tuesday authorized the public works department to negotiate final cost-sharing agreements for a $12.7-million federal sand-replenishment project at Surfside in Seal Beach.
Supervisor Jim Silva, who urged the board to support the project, said the ocean has carved away the sand beach at Surfside so that waves break within 30 to 40 feet of homes.
Nature replenished the beach until the federal government built two rock jetties in the 1940s to protect the Navy's harbor entrance to Anaheim Bay. As a result, ocean swells now scour sand from Surfside, eroding beaches from Sunset to west Newport Beach.
To prevent damage to homes, the Army Corps of Engineers has periodically replenished Surfside's beach.