Our first phase includes a boutique hotel, a diverse offering of homes for sale, a beach club, a public plaza with a non-denominational chapel, various restaurants, shopping options and a fish market. We are excited to create this opportunity for our residents, guests and Todos Santos neighbors to come together and enjoy the beauty of the Punta Lobos beach.
Development in a coastal environment has unique challenges. The beach is a dynamic environment, subject to the constant motion of the sands and continuously changing ocean conditions. Based on the recommendations of our civil and coastal engineers, we’ve carried out substantial civil engineering improvements to protect the Beach village during extreme weather events, while attempting to respect the natural environment to the extent practicable. These improvements have been carried out within our property boundaries and have not extended into any public beach areas. We carried out these improvements in strict accordance with applicable laws and pursuant to our permits.
We’ve been working hard to create a 45-acre development pad for the Beach village. We are elevating the ground level for this development pad to approximately 18 feet above the mean high waterline. We constructed a 25-foot deep concrete sheet pile sea wall along the boundary with the beach to retain the edge of this development pad. The sea wall is “armored” with an 8-foot tall “rip-rap” wall, which helps absorb the energy from waves in extreme weather events and protect the concrete sheet piles from scouring.
In Mexico, the Mexican Federal Government maintains the first 65-feet of beach behind the mean high waterline as public space. This public beach area is referred to as the Federal Maritime Zone (or ZFMT). Before we started work at the Beach, a Federal Government agency delimited the ZFMT by way of a detailed survey during normal ocean conditions. We constructed the seawall approximately 130 feet behind the ZFMT. We intend to preserve this 200-foot deep beach for the benefit of our guests, residents and the public, subject to the ordinary seasonal “ebbs and flows” of the beach and waterline.
The current extreme ocean conditions caused by a very strong El Niño oceanic and atmospheric phenomenon are providing the first test for our sea wall, which is performing as designed. When we first constructed the sea wall, we covered the rip-rap with sand to create a smooth transition to the natural beach. As expected, the unusually high tides and powerful waves washed away this sand covering. When the sea level recedes, we plan to bring in additional sand to cover the rip-rap to restore the natural appearance of the beach, and we plan to investigate the potential to add native vegetation to this sand covering to help prevent future sand loss and enhance the natural aesthetic.