Martin Resorts Unveils Project to Improve Access to the California Coastal Trail

Learn About Our Restoration Initiatives

In 2015, Martin Resorts began a restoration project along the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach. The work was divided into 13 individual site projects. These projects include the repair of bluff-top walkways, additional beach access, a pedestrian bridge, geological webbing to stabilize the bluffs, stabilization of deteriorating retaining walls, a tied-back wall to stabilize the coastal bluff, gazebo bridge and rebuilding of the spiral staircase near Ventana Grill known as the 'stairway to nowhere.' The projects will utilize specific materials that look like the natural coastline and improve the beauty of the area, while protecting valued coastal wildlife environments and nesting of endangered species. Construction began in October 2015 and is expected to be completed by late 2017. 

In the year since, four of the twelve individual projects have been completed. They include the restoration of the bluffs near the south lawn at Shore Cliff Hotel, the restoration of the cliff area near the pool at Shore Cliff Hotel, and the reinforcement of the trail area between Ventana Grill and Shore Cliff Hotel. Preliminary work was also completed in 2016 on the stairway to Elmer Ross Beach.

Next on the schedule are six different areas behind Inn at the Cove, including the reconstruction of the stairway down to the beach and bluff trails.

Project Details:

Benefits:

The California Coastal Trail ("The CCT") is one of the great trails of our nation. When completed, it will extend 1,200 miles from Oregon to Mexico. In 1972, Californians passed Proposition 20 recommending that a trails system be established along or near the coast. In 1999, the CCT was designated at the state and federal level as California's Millennium Legacy Trail, and in 2001 state legislation called for its completion. As of today, roughly half of the CCT is complete. The trail will benefit the citizens and tourists alike.

Building community support for the trail is a central goal of the project. Upon completion, it will add and improve the safety of the California Coastal Trail. In addition, it will improve access to the beach and link the northern Pismo Beach area to the existing walkway behind Pismo Lighthouse Suites, Cottage Inn, and Sea Crest Hotel which then leads down stairs to the beach near the Pismo Pier.

Last minute pieces of the project include, repairing the staircase (commonly referred to as the staircase to nowhere) and building a new bridge between the spiral tower and the Ventana Grill sidewalk. Access to Elmer Ross Beach from Ventana Grill will be restored. A pedestrian bridge will also be added connecting Best Western PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge and Pismo Lighthouse Suites. 

Team:

A local team is leading the project. Wendle Schoniger is the project manager. The general contractor is JC Baldwin, Cannon Engineering is the structural engineer, Terra Costa is the civil/geotechnical engineer and the designer of the process that makes the cliffs beautiful. Walt Crampton is the engineer. Both Terra Costa and JC Baldwin have won numerous awards across the California Coastline for their bluff preservation and restoration construction. These firms' award winning experience and environmental mindedness combined with local engineers Cannon and Associates created a winning local team.

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