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Jul 29, 2013 8:23 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Cayucos pier in jeopardy; Could FEMA help?

The Cayucos Pier has been the heart of the small beachside community for decades, but its future is in jeopardy.

The seaward half of the pier was chained off on the Fourth of July and remains closed.

The pier was built in the 1870's and over the years the pilings have been worn down. The end of the pier has been deemed unsafe.

A few steps have been taken to save the pier, which is owned by the State of California, but maintained by SLO County Parks.

Shoreline engineering, a Morro Bay company, has been inspecting the pier and will decide if it can be refurbished or if it needs to be completely rebuilt.

Rebuilding the pier would cost $2.1 million and due to a lack of funding there has been a hold up, so County Parks has turned to FEMA for help.

"A group known for taking care of disasters, but they also have funding available to prevent disasters. We have completed a notice of interest with them and we expect to hear from them over the next six months or so," said Curtis Black, Deputy Director for San Luis Obispo County Parks.

Some locals are also fund raising for pier repairs. The group, "Save Cayucos Pier," has raised over $28,000 through T-shirt sales and plaques.

Most of the piers on the Central Coast have regimented maintenance schedules.

The Cayucos Pier did not have a routine maintenance schedule in place, so County Parks says they won't let this happen again. From this day forward it will be inspected annually, explained Black.

If you wish to donate to the Save the Pier fund, you can visit savecayucospier.org.

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