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Lawmakers hope $400K federal grant will help prevent future bluff collapse in Encinitas

Posted at 5:28 AM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 14:34:48-05

ENCINITAS, Calif. (CNS) - Dr. Pat Davis will join Rep. Mike Levin and two local elected officials Friday as he returns to the place where a sandstone bluff collapsed and killed three of Davis' family members last August.

He intends to declare at a news conference that with new federal funds, he hopes to prevent another tragedy.

Davis' family were enjoying a day at Grandview Beach in Encinitas on Aug. 2 last year when a 30-by-25-foot chunk of sandstone collapsed on top of his wife, daughter and sister-in-law.

"I lost my wife Julie, my youngest daughter Annie, a mother of two young children, and my wife's sister Elizabeth, a mother of two teenage children in a bluff collapse at Grandview on August second," Davis told the Encinitas City Council later that month. "There will be a new normal in my life without these three gifted women."

-- Three dead, two injured in bluff collapse
-- Encinitas bluffs are a trouble spot known to geologists
-- Community, husband of victim push for Encinitas bluff stabilization

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $400,000 in federal funding last week for the planning, engineering and design phase of the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project. They allocated $505,000 for a similar design phase of the San Clemente Shoreline Project. These projects are the first step in preventing more tragedies like the one that befell Davis' family.

Levin hosted Davis as his guest at the State of the Union address. Solana Beach Mayor Jewel Edson and Encinitas Deputy Mayor Kellie Hinze will join Levin and Davis at the news conference.