Plans for the annual attempt to build the world's tallest sand castle in Pacific Beach have been dashed by a sand shortage on the beach north of the Crystal Pier, where the event has been held for two years.
"Camelot '86," sponsored by the Pacific Beach Town Council, would have featured Sand Sculptors International's attempt to build a 53-foot, 9-inch sand castle to top the record-setting 52-foot, 9-inch one they erected three months ago in Treasure Island, Fla.
But sand washed away by winter storms has not been dumped back on the beach by the ocean this year. Gathering the 35,000 tons of sand needed for the 180-foot-long, 130-foot-wide castle would have entailed scraping two feet of sand off the beach with heavy construction equipment, and would have put the entire beach below the high-tide line, said Gerry Kirk, leader of Sand Sculptors International.
"We're missing approximately two feet of sand across the top of the beach where we build this castle each year," Kirk said. "We're not sure why."