A review of the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Plan (LCP) by the California Coastal Commission was canceled by the commission with less than 24 hours notice at the request of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, which claimed the coastal commission’s report gave county officials only two weeks to review the 177-page report, according to a coastal commission representative.

Stan Wisniewski, director of the Department of Beaches and Harbors, said the report from the California Coastal Commission arrived only two weeks before the hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, August 8th, and gave the county virtually no time to review and respond to the 177-page document.

Wisniewski’s comments were made at the Small Craft Harbor Commission meeting Wednesday, August 9th, at Burton Chace Park Community Building in Marina del Rey.

The Marina del Rey Local Coastal Plan review identifies policy areas where county actions have implemented the certified Local Coastal Plan, as well as areas not in conformity with the Coastal Act.

The report from the California Coastal Commission states that Los Angeles County “is not effectively implementing its certified Local Coastal Program for the Marina del Rey segment in conformity with the policies of the Coastal Act” in several categories, and recommends that the county take corrective action.

The Marina del Rey Local Coastal Plan is required to be reviewed every five years, and it has already been ten years since the coastal plan was reviewed and certified — in 1996.

Local resident Nancy Marino said during public comment at the meeting that a member of the California Coastal Commission, Al Padilla, called her on Monday night (the night before the coastal commission hearing) and notified her of the cancellation, citing a request by county officials to postpone the meeting.

The Local Coastal Plan is key to Marina development, and should be attended to before approving any further developments in the Marina, said Marino.

There is a clear mandate that the county take direction from the new online report by the California Coastal Commission (posted in July on the Web site), said Marino. The California Coastal Commission Web site is www.coastal.ca.gov

Delays have plagued the review of the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Plan, and the California Coastal Commission cites problems ranging from personal issues of a member to a shortage of manpower, since the coastal commission must review local coastal plans for the entire state of California.

MARRIOTT RESIDENCE INN —The Small Craft Harbor Commission meeting included consideration of a Department of Beaches and Harbors staff recommendation for an option for a lease agreement for the proposed Marriott Residence Inn — by lessee IWF Beachfront Hotel, L.P. — at Marina (Mothers) Beach, for a term of 60 years.

The Small Craft Harbor Commission voted to approve a recommendation to allow the lease option to move forward in the county approval process.

Public speakers were angry and frustrated at the recommendation, stating that a moratorium should be declared on this entire project and all other new development in the Marina until the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Plan could be reviewed and certified by the coastal commission.

Marino stated that “the Marriott Residence Inn is contingent upon the Local Coastal Plan, and there is a tacit agreement by the county that the development doesn’t meet Local Coastal Plan standards,” she alleged.

Speakers also alleged that “the county’s agenda was to push through as much development as it could before the Local Coastal Plan was reviewed and certified because the county was aware that these new development projects don’t comply with the Local Coastal Plan.”

Albert Landini, Jr. — a member of the Small Craft Harbor commission and liaison for the Marina del Rey Design Control Board — asked county counsel if he and other members had followed the law in recommending approval for the proposed Marriott hotel project.

Tom Faughnan, county counsel, informed Landini that this was only an option for a lease, not a lease approval, stating, “You are an advisory committee,” and that the county entering into a lease required other approvals during the process and could potentially be stopped elsewhere in that process.

“What is the value of the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Plan if there is no compliance?” asked Don Klein, president of Coalition to Save the Marina.

“This is the final carving of the goose that laid the golden egg,” Klein said.

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