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City of Pismo Beach plans for additional upgrades around the pier

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Renovations underway at the Pismo Beach Pier. (KSBY photo) Renovations underway at the Pismo Beach Pier. (KSBY photo)

On a busy weekend, the area around the Pismo Beach Pier can be filled with people who have come to see the beauty of the Central Coast; however, limited parking and grungy public bathrooms can come with that, too. The City of Pismo Beach says they have a plan to fix that.

A lot has changed since the 1920s around Pismo's iconic pier, and city officials say many more changes are in the works.

It's a project that's still 28 months out, but the city says once the pier rehabilitation project is finished, new bathrooms and an upgraded parking lot will also be in place. 

Besides revitalizing the pier because of safety concerns, the city council saw the need for more public restrooms.

"One of the locations will be in this area here at the end of Hinds Avenue. We're looking at sinking it three feet to minimize visual impact and we are also contemplating storage for the fire, police and lifeguard officials," said Jeff Winklepleck, Director of Community Development for the City of Pismo Beach.

The city says two new gender neutral bathrooms will be built and the current bathroom will be demolished.

Employees at local businesses are sighing with relief.

"A lot of people come in to ask me for the restroom on the weekends here because there are not a lot of public restrooms around here," said Rylee Rios, Beach West shop employee.

"People come in, especially on busy weekends, asking for bathrooms and sadly we don't really have a public bathroom, so we always have to point them to the one we have outside and not a lot of people like it because it's not the best-kept bathroom we have around here," said Kevin Lemus, Point Break shop employee.

The city also says the main parking lot will be upgraded. 

"We will have at least the same number of spaces, up to an additional 10-15 is what our goal is," Winklepleck said.

"Employees definitely don't get parking," said Lemus. "It mostly goes to tourists, so that is always difficult to do."

But some are skeptical.

"I don't know how they are going to have 15 more spots with two hotels going up. That's my concern," Rios said.

The parking lot will remain a pay-to-park lot. The city says the prices could go up in the future, but by how much is unknown.

Family-friendly activities may also be added to the plaza.

"We are contemplating various things. It could be bocce ball, it could be playground equipment," Winklepleck said.
The city also says they are looking into an elevated parking structure outside of the plaza area, but those plans are in the distant future. 

So far, the pier revitalization project alone has cost $1.1 million. Price estimations for the plaza upgrades will be available at the next city council meeting. ?

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