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Opponents Brace For Start of Malibu Lagoon Project

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With the start of the controversial Malibu Lagoon project set to begin today, several protests are also scheduled over the next few days.

The project, which is led by California State Parks, has a permit to begin work at 7 a.m. Friday, June 1, but it will likely take some time for the bulldozers, which are needed to remove sediment from the lagoon, to be brought in, according to officials.

A protest is set for 8 a.m. Friday, June 1 at the Malibu Lagoon State Beach parking lot, according to posts on Twitter.

"We need everyone there," Shirley Good wrote on her Twitter account.

Former Malibu City Councilwoman Pamela Conley Ulich also encouraged people to protest.

"Be there if you dare to care," Conley Ulich wrote on Twitter.

Another silent protest is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at the Malibu Lagoon State Beach, according to organizers. Protesters plan to meet up on the ocean side of Cross Creek Road and Pacific Coast Highway.

Proponents say the plan, which could last months, will include the draining of 12 acres of the wetland as part of an effort to clean out the lagoon's channels and increase oxygen circulation.

Opponents believe the project will do more harm than good. They object to the use of bulldozers, the removal of the bridges and other features.

Last week, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that the project could move forward.

On Tuesday, the Malibu City Council discussed last-minute options on how to delay the start of the project.

(Info Provided by: Malibu Patch)

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