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Ocean Beach residents warn of beach danger

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OCEAN BEACH (CBS 8) - There is big concern over potential danger along Ocean Beach as locals fear that a fix to shore up a cliff is not working anymore and erosion could lead to a collapse. 

Just south of Sunset Cliffs Drive, on Santa Cruz Avenue - at Bacon, there is a cliff erosion that is turning into a cave and making it dangerous for people to walk along the bluffs.

Concrete pavers have begun to cave in - forming a three-to-four foot shallow hole.

San Diego State University geology professor Emeritus Dr. Pat Abbott said there is "no question whatsoever that the whole cliff is going to retreat under this erosion. The only question is the rate."

"We've lost the waterproof barrier. The heavy pavers are collapsing. It's time for something to be done," said Dr. Abbott. 

Dr. Abbot also said a mix of showering tides along with lawn water from homes on top of the cliffs is pushing the cliff - causing the erosion.

The City of San Diego's Park and Recs Department has been notified after a report was made a month ago on the city's "Get it Done" app.

Some fear the cave will end up like the sea cave down the bluff at the end of Orchard Avenue which became a homeless encampment. The city eventually demolished the sea cave.

Too much weight on the Santa Cruz cave could cause a collapse - leaving a popular place for sunset walks and photo shoots in danger.

"This spot means a lot to a lot of people. I really hope they come out here and help us out a little bit," said Ocean Beach resident Zac Blechman.

A spokesperson for the city told CBS News 8 they are looking into the erosion complaint.

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