Jul 8, 2013 8:21 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

The future of the Cayucos pier is uncertain

The Cayucos Pier is in danger of closing down.

More than a dozen support beams are severely damaged and this prompted closure of the outer half of the pier in order to ensure public safety.

The pier, which is over 130 years old, is a staple in the small beach town. Many locals and tourists were forced to stop their strolls on the pier at the fencing because of the severe damage.

"Every time I come out to Cayucos I come out here and enjoy the beach and check out the view, but it's kind of cut short," said Jesse Hornor, who lives in Morro Bay.

The pier has been maintained and repaired throughout the years, but no major work has been done on it in almost 60 years.

Most of the damage is in the outermost part of the pier, where the waves cause the most erosion. The county took notice of the problem on the 4th of July and quickly fenced it off to the public.

"We did need to close it because there was a stretch there that instead of having the four pilings it would normally have, we only had one piling at that location," said Curtis Black, the Deputy Director of San Luis Obispo County Parks.

The Cayucos Pier Project has been aware of the problem for several years, but no major movement has happened since Shoreline Engineering did a report on it in 2009. They estimated that it would cost $2.1 million to repair the pier, and it would be closed down for several months.

The county is currently trying to figure out if there is a way to make the end of the pier temporarily safe, so that it could remain open, but so far it remains shut down.

The state of California owns the pier, but it is maintained by San Luis Obispo County Parks. Grant money is needed for reconstruction, said Black.

The community has stepped up though and raised almost $30,000 to help save what they call the heart of their community, the Cayucos Pier.

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



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