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Pismo Beach Pier construction half way done, more changes to come

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Construction on the Pismo Beach Pier is well underway; the city engineer says the project is more than half way done and ahead of schedule.  

The $8.8 million dollar project is slated to be completed by the New Year but final decisions on where the souvenir shop and public bathrooms will go have yet to be made.  

"The current direction for the city council is to look at the alternatives including moving the bathroom building further north and east into the parking lot a little bit," said Ben Fine, Pismo Beach director of Public Works.

The goal is to open up the walk way along the base of the pier, which has been an idea locals agree with. 

"I really think it'll open it up and put a focal point on the view," said Tyler Carmo, a Pismo Beach resident.

"it'll be nice because as you walk down this walk way you'll be able to see all the way to the hills and it'll open it all up," said Nipomo resident Don Slayter.

One plan Pismo Beach City Council is considering is moving the bathroom building into the current pier parking lot.  Fine says the parking lot will be reconfigured to preserve the number of parking spots currently available by taking out areas of landscaping and current no parking zones.

Locals were hesitant on that idea.

"(The) No. 1 Pismo problem is parking," Carmo said.

"It's been there for many many years, it doesn't seem to be in the way. And the possibility of loosing parking spaces here is no bueno," said John Ensor, Avila Beach resident.

Many residents said they'd rather see a new parking structure be built to accommodate the new hotels and the new visitors they hope to attract, and leave the current bathroom building as is.

"It just seems unnecessary to move the whole bathrooms just a few feet away," said Jody Owen, Oceano resident.

"I don't think they need to because those are sufficient if they just keep those clean as they usually do," Slayter said.

Fine said Pismo Beach City Council hasn't settled on the option of moving the bathroom building into the parking lot, but the building will eventually be torn down and moved to a new location.  He said they've also considered expanding the bathrooms at the Addie Street parking lot.

The souvenir shop will also find a new home near the Pier, potentially in the new structure with bathrooms, and the Visitor's Information booth will move.  These ideas are all part of the bigger plan to improve the downtown and pier area of Pismo Beach.

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