San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Executive Director and Principal Scientist Doug Gibson accepted the official award for Cardiff State Beach as Best Restored Beach on the West Coast at the 2019 Coastal Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association in March.

The Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline Project aims to protect the shoreline between Restaurant Row and South Cardiff State Beach from flooding during large storm events and projected sea level rise, create coastal dune habitat, create a pedestrian path along the dunes, and beneficially reuse sand from future San Elijo Lagoon annual dredging operations. The project is headed by the City of Encinitas, in partnership with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, California Department of Parks & Recreation, California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), and United States Fish and Wildlife Service, with grants from the SCC and the Ocean Protection Council. Learn more at