In this episode of Coastal Heritage, we rewind the clock to the 1950s when a small enclave of private beach homes, known as The Portuguese Bend Beach Club, experienced a major landslide triggered by adjacent roadwork and destroyed dozens of homes and amenities. Since then the land has moved more than 400 feet and continues to creep toward the ocean today, requiring constant repair and maintenance.

Photos provided by Kelly, Howard D., Kelly-Holiday Collection, Los Angeles Public Library and Jaconi Family Archive.

About the Coastal Heritage series: A film series that goes back in time to discover the historic people and places that shaped the Palos Verdes Peninsula into the treasure it is today. 

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