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One year since deadly Encinitas bluff collapse

Posted at 5:55 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 21:19:07-04

San Diego (KGTV)- It’s been one year since the deadly bluff collapse in Encinitas, killing three members of the same family. The husband and father of two of the women is still calling for changes along the beach.

Dr. Pat Davis says this past year has been tough after losing wife Julie Davis, daughter Annie Clave and sister-in-law Elizabeth Charles.

The family was out for a day at the beach last August when suddenly the bluff gave out.

“It was important for me that this kind of accident never is able to happen to any other family,” says Davis.

Davis says since the tragic accident, there has been little change at Grandview beach. “There’s very few new signs warning people about these cliffs.”

Davis is calling on local and state leaders to stabilize the bluffs. He’s hoping a new bill will help. S.B. 1090 offers solutions like sand replenishment. It currently sits in the Senate.

“We got over 4,000 signatures in one month of people supporting the bill.”

In the meantime, Davis is thanking the community for its continued support. A park bench sits at the top of Grandview Beach, honoring his family members.

“Not that there’s an easy side of learning to live with the loss and one of your children but, certainly family support and community support has been a great help in allowing my family to move forward.”

Davis says community members also came together to place another memorial bench in their neighborhood.