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Half Moon Bay Partners to Save Surfer’s Beach

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you live in any of our coastal communities you may be aware of the crumpling coastline at Surfer’s Beach. In the near future, Coastside residents and visitors will be able to more safely enjoy Surfer Beach, a popular surf spot for both locals and visitors.

San Mateo County and Half Moon Bay have announced a partnership to shore up the seaside bluffs and to help create a safer passage from state Highway 1 down to the beach. The funds will be jointly provided by the County and the City.

On May 6, Half Moon Bay officials agreed to contribute $100,000 for the project while county officials will contribute $300,000 - matching Half Moon Bay’s contribution in addition to a $200,000 allocation from the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill settlement.

The project will include the construction of a retaining wall to protect the Pacific Coast Highway embankment and the building of a stairway to connect the paved coastal trail to Surfer’s Beach. The total cost of the design and preliminary engineering work will amount to about $400,000.

Supervisor Don Horsely announced, “We have an agreement that the county will contribute $300,000 to the project and Half Moon Bay will contribute $100,000 for the environmental review and design."

Caltrans will pay for and oversee the design work, and the California Coastal Commission will also contribute $15,000 to make improvements to the nearby coastal trail, Horsley added.

The scope of this project is a 400-foot-long segment of the coastline that will be supported with sloped sheet pilings anchored with riprap rock which is used to armor shorelines against erosion and to absorb the force of incoming water.

Once an environmental review is completed during the design process, the location for the retaining wall rock slope protection, paved coastal trail and staircase will be determined to maximum longevity.

Horsley is optimistic about the improvements to the beach area under the proposal in partnership with several agencies including Half Moon Bay, which owns the land.

"The county, specifically my office together with our Planning Department and county parks, have taken the lead by agreement with the city of Half Moon Bay," Horsley said. "The Half Moon Bay City Council and City Manager Stuart Schillinger have been integral partners in the project."

If you’d like to read all the details of this project, it can be found in a great article in The San Francisco Examiner. The project was initiated after our involved residents and concerned business owners aired concerns last year that Highway 1 was threatened by constant erosion at Surfer's Beach.

If you are looking to buy a new Coastside home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Photo Courtesy of “We Are Adventure.us”

No Shortage of Love for Mom on the Coastside

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Don’t forget that Sunday May 11 is Mother’s Day! It’s no doubt that Mothers are the most under-appreciated family members in your family tree. Therefore, it’s important to let all the Mom’s in your life know just how much they matter each and every day of the year. Take some time out on this special occasion to show her how much you love her.

There’s no shortage of things to do in our coastal communities. Whether it is brunch, dinner, the beach, shopping or any other activity, be sure to enjoy the day and let it lead you wherever it might to make some great memories for both you and Mom.

Here are some ideas and links for more ways to make this Mother’s Day special.

Give a Reprieve from Cooking
Mom shouldn’t have to cook on her special day, especially with all the fine cuisine options within our reach. The Ritz- Carlton of Half Moon Bay has multiple offerings for brunch and dinner. The Moss Beach Distillery has a wonderful bunch menu and has been a fan favorite for many years. Another great recommendation is the Moonraker in Pacifica for a truly elegant Sunday Champagne Brunch.

If finding a local venue or a quaint place to sit and grab a bite is more your style, you are sure to find somewhere to sit and enjoy Mom’s company along the Half Moon Bay Coastside. A few of our favorites are Sam’s Chowder House, La Costernara, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and in Pacifica, Puerto 27.

Shopping Anyone?
If a day of shopping with Mom is on the list, skip the big box stores at the mall and enjoy strolling among our many boutiques and shops to find a plethora of unique gifts and products. It never ceases to amaze us the great little finds and variety of items that you can find when you are least expecting it!

Get Back to Basics
There’s nothing more relaxing than soaking up some sun and fresh air. Take Mom for a leisurely walk down the pier in the harbor or on the new coastal trail at Devil’s Slide. You can also surprise the Mom in your family with a new house! We are holding an Open House this Saturday on an absolutely beautiful, large wooded lot.

If you have decided it’s your time to buy a coastside home, our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Coastal Communities to Benefit from Expansion of Parks and Open Space

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Our coastal communities already enjoy ocean air and parks. However, what if you could enjoy a park system where you could go horseback riding or cycling from Pacifica to Santa Cruz? How about following the footsteps of the 1769 Portola expedition from Half Moon Bay to Monterey?

Marlene Finley, San Mateo County Parks Department Director, has the initiative and the vision. She is in the process of acquiring more land for the Peninsula’s park system to provide better recreational access and long-term stewardship within the parklands.

“I want to have a world-class park system,” said Finley, who leads the Parks Department, which has a budget of approximately $10.4 million and oversees 20 parks encompassing more than 16,000 acres.

“By adding more property to county parks,” she said, “we are able to provide additional public access and enjoyment.”

The Parks Department is currently in escrow for three county properties; Loma Mar, Butano Crest East and Wicklow. That would add 812 acres to the park system. Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) was an active advocate in helping to acquire the one purchase and two transfers.

“We are witnessing an amazing collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries of State Parks, Golden Gate National Recreational Area, POST, county parks and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and many others to preserve the past, protect for the future and provide for recreation and appreciation,” Finley said.

POST Executive Director Walter Moore has nothing but confidence that San Mateo Parks will do a superb job in managing and opening up the Peninsula’s beautiful landscape for residents and visitors worldwide to enjoy.

The Parks Department will study the acquired areas’ natural and cultural resources to effectively become “good land stewards,” Finley said. Existing public recreational uses will certainly be taken into account with resource management and protection.

The department is planning on new signage for trailheads and creating new maps that highlight extended boundaries.  “We are leaving a legacy in San Mateo County for the next generations,” Finley said.

San Mateo County spans such a large area, it makes us proud to see public parks and officials coming together to ensure the protection of our valuable park system. Being a resident of our coastal communities has many advantages and the protection of our beautiful natural spaces is just one of them.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Countdown is On for Devil's Slide Tunnel

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

According to Clay Lambert of Half Moon Bay Review ~ Devil's' Slide tunnels will welcome at 11 a.m. on March 25, dignitaries from across the state will converge with the locals who made it all happen to commemorate the state’s first tunnel project in nearly 50 years. Later that day or early the next morning the tunnels will open to traffic, according to Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus.

Click here to read the rest of the exciting news

Cal Trans is testing their Devil's Slide Tunnel signs

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Looks like Cal Trans is testing their tunnel signs. This one said "Tunnel Open Proceed with Caution." Of course, it wasn't open yet but we are taking this as a sign that we are getting closer.

Devil's Slide Tunnel is an Architectural and Engineering Work of Art

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Devil's Slide Tunnel was designed by architects Javier Chavez of Caltrans and Terrance Bulfin of HNTB Corp., a firm providing architecture, engineering, planning and construction services, and Caltrans engineer M.G. Sahibzada and on Wednesday Caltrans invited a small media group to tour the tunnel, which included a hard-hat look at the southern portals, a walk through an exit cross passage, and a drive down the twin bridges for a sneak peek inside the northern portals.

The latest projection deadline to opening the tunnel had the single-lane tunnels opening in late 2012, according to Caltrans. But the date is now slated for end of March, according to Bob Haus, a Caltrans spokesman, who led the media tour.

So what is the hold up for the grand opening?  The final touches.  Click here to read the entire article and a preview some wonderful photos of Devil's Slide Tunnel.

 

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First Bike Ride through Devil’s Slide Tunnel

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We found this YouTube video where somehow a bicycle rider went through Devil’s Slide Tunnel back in April 2012 when no workers were around.  It is fascinating and only took him under 3.30 minutes from portal to portal.

Devil's Slide Tunnel - Progress Is Being Made

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Michael Cabanatuan, a staff writer, of the San Francisco Chronicle updated the community on the progress being made with the Devil's Slide Tunnel.  

We are very excited to hear of the progress being made and look forward to seeing it completed in the  near future.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/31/MN7D1N14EA.DTL#ixzz1lR48n7Kw

 

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