DAMAGE FROM RECENT STORMS FORCED TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HISTORIC LANDMARK, REPAIRS COMPLETED ON TIME AND UNDER BUDGET
San Diego – Following a series of unusually strong storms that ravaged the Ocean Beach pier and caused its temporary closure, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell to make good on his pledge to fix and reopen the waterfront landmark ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
“It just wouldn’t be summer in San Diego without the Ocean Beach Pier so we made getting it fixed and reopened before Memorial Day a top priority,” said Mayor Faulconer. “The intensity of this year’s storms did a number on this treasured landmark, but the work we’ve completed ensures it will be safe for residents and visitors to enjoy.”
In January, the pier was closed to the public for safety and repair. An assessment by City staff determined more than 2,200 feet of guard rail, electric, water and sewer lines needed serious repair or replacement. Renovation work began in March and was completed on time and under budget for about $309,000 – $121,000 less than initially estimated.
“Many thanks to Mayor Faulconer and the wonderful City staff who repaired our Ocean Beach Pier so we can have it open for Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer,” said Councilmember Campbell. “We are grateful for this landmark pier and the beautiful sights of our oceanfront that we are able to enjoy because of it.”
At more than 50 years old, the Ocean Beach Pier is need of permanent repair. City staff is in the process of conducting a long-term rehabilitation plan to evaluate the condition of the pier and ensure this community asset is around for many years to come. The report, due for publication later this year, will include a detailed structural evaluation, construction recommendations and cost estimates.
“San Diego Fire-Rescue lifeguards provide exceptional service to everyone who visits our beaches,” said Lifeguard Chief James Gartland. “When the wind kicks up and the surf becomes dangerous, lifeguards are responsible for closing the Ocean Beach Pier to prevent injuries. We are pleased that this very popular destination has reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend. There will be plenty of lifeguards staffing the beaches so everyone has a memorable, fun and safe experience.”
Spanning more than 1,970 feet, the Ocean Beach Pier is the second longest on the West Coast and the longest concrete pier in the world. The pier opened in 1966 and more than 500,000 people visit every year.