After three years of being closed indefinitely, the Port San Luis Harbor District is working on a plan to get half of the Avila Beach Pier open to the public.
Andrea Lueker, harbor manager, said the commission hired the Long Beach-based infrastructure advisory film Moffat & Nichol to do an assessment of the pier.
At a Feb. 13 harbor commission special meeting, the firm recommended that the pier could be reopened halfway with some maintenance and long-term rehabilitation. In order to return the pier to full pedestrian capacity, the district would have to restore 30 to 40 existing piles, have regular inspections to monitor ongoing deterioration, and do regular maintenance to address future deterioration and storm damage.
Lueker said the district doesn't have a plan or a timeline for the maintenance or restoration of the pier yet. With the recommendations in hand, she said, staff is working to have a draft of a plan at the next commission meeting.
"This is a priority for the harbor because it's an iconic structure on the Central Coast," she said. "Getting out on the pier is the only way some people get out on the water."
In June 2015, then Port San Luis Harbor District General Manager Steve McGrath made an executive decision to close the pier indefinitely.
According to a staff report, local structural and civil engineering business Shoreline Engineering Inc. concluded that roughly 27 percent of the piles sustaining the Avila Beach Pier were in poor or serious condition. Δ