Ocean Beach Pier Demolition: City Posts Notice of Application
The City of San Diego has reportedly posted a notice on the Ocean Beach Pier indicating that it is moving forward with its demolition.
The Ocean Beach pier is a local landmark in the funky beach neighborhood of OB. Although the pier is widely considered the longest concrete pier on the West Coast, it has been beset by damage and other issues in recent years.
For example, recent king tides have knocked over one of the pier’s support pilings. More than that, the pier has been closed sporadically since October 2023.
Now, it appears that the Ocean Beach pier may be slated for demolition, according to CBS 8. Reportedly, the city has spent nearly $2 million on repairing the pier.
Local OB Rag writer Geoff Page told CBS 8 that, without an overhaul of the local landmark, the Ocean Beach pier could collapse into the ocean with continued damage.
It’s worth noting, however, that the notice specifically calls for the “historic designation, demolition and replacement of the Ocean Beach Pier.” In other words, if the city demolishes the pier, it will replace it with a new one.
The Ocean Beach pier was first opened to the public in 1966 on one of San Diego’s best beaches. Since then, it has hosted more than 500,000 visitors each year, including many people who come to use it for its original purpose — fishing.
Currently, the City of San Diego is asking the public for input on a new design for a replacement after the Ocean Beach pier demolition. Although no design has been chosen yet, there is $8.4 million in state funding set aside to help construct a new pier.
For some residents, however, a future without a pier would be a sad one for OB.
“It’s pretty sad. You know? It’s a landmark in Ocean Beach, and we just love it,” OB resident Jim MacDonald told CBS 8. “If you had to imagine Ocean Beach without the pier, it’s sad.”
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