Coastal Commission in talks with Cemex, grants second extension

Cemex, which owns a sand mine in Marina, California, has been granted another extension to file its “statement of defense,” reports Monterey County Now.

The original deadline of April 6 was extended to May 6, and now the deadline has been extended to May 20.

California Coastal Commission spokeswoman Noaki Schwartz says: “We have opened a dialogue to see if we can resolve this matter consensually.

“We are exploring options with Cemex including the possibility to address the matter amicably.”

She also wrote in an e-mail  that the agency is trying to schedule another meeting with Cemex officials, and that the deadline might be further extended.

When asked to elaborate on what an amicable resolution might look like, Schwartz wrote that she couldn’t comment further on the matter. The statement of defense is a response to March 17 letter the Coastal Commission sent to Cemex, informing the company of a pending cease and desist order regarding the sand mine, which experts say is eroding the local coastline—from Monterey to the Salinas River—an average of about four feet annually.

The letter outlined the various ways the mine, which has been operating more than 50 years, is allegedly violating the California Coastal Act.  The statement of defense is a required response to those allegations before a cease and desist order is issued.

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