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Harford Pier repairs begin

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There will be no access to the end of the Harford Pier near Avila Beach while construction crews perform repairs on the century-old canopy and historic pier.

Beginning Sept. 6, the Port San Luis Harbor District shut down the end of the pier. It will remain closed while repairs are made to the canopy at the far end of the structure and crews replace piles and other components of the pier, which was built in 1873.

In March, business owners and residents came out in force to protest the district’s board of directors, which voted to shut down vehicle access to the pier, but rescinded that decision after public outcry. The public also pushed harbor district officials to preserve the historic canopy, which is in need of repair and has been deemed a public safety hazard.

The repairs are estimated to take seven to eight weeks. During construction, the public will have limited access to some businesses on the pier. There will be no access to the very end of the pier during construction, and access to the canopy will likely be limited for five or six continuous days in October, according to a harbor district news release.

Pete’s Pierside will remain open for its regular schedule. The Olde Porte Inn will remain open for lunch, but the restaurant patio will be closed. Olde Port Fisheries will remain open for normal hours except during the expected periods of full closure in October.

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