The Pacifica Pier may just get the facelift it needs.
The City of Pacifica Department of Public Works received an advisory Thursday from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that they will receive $250K for the Pacifica Pier Restoration Project from the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement Recreational Use Grant Program.
On Nov. 7, 2007, the cargo vessel Cosco Busan struck a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, releasing over 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel. State and federal natural resource trustee agencies assessed the injuries to wildlife, habitat, and recreational uses, and made a claim for damages.
The case was resolved in January 2012, with the Trustees — the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and California State Lands Commission (CSLC) — receiving over $30 million for restoration projects and to fund projects that compensate the public for loss of use and enjoyment of natural resources, parks, public beaches, and other public resources. After public comment, a restoration plan was finalized last March. Since then, the Trustees have allocated nearly $11 million for 45 different projects.
In San Mateo County, nine projects, including the Pacifica Pier, have been selected for awards by the state Trustees in the total amount of $1,683,810. Those nine restoration projects are:
• Montara State Beach Access Improvement ($428,810)
• Coyote Point Promenade Western Shoreline ($400,000)
• Pacifica Pier Resoration Project ($250,000)
• Surfers Beach Access and Erosion Control Project ($180,000)
• Bay Trail Beautification in East Palo Alto ($150,000)
• Marine Science Institute Enhancement of Beachfront Shoreline Access ($120,000)
• Public Paddle Dock Access to SF Bay Wildlife Refuge, Redwood City ($70,000)
• Kiteboard/Windsurf Recreational Area Improvement in Foster City ($60,000)
• Marine Science Institute Restroom Facility Upgrade ($25,000)
The Pacifica Pier Restoration Project will repair the concrete deck covers and replace the missing sections of deck railing and wood coping at the Pacifica Municipal Pier. This project will also replace the corroded and missing pier deck lighting and electrical wiring.
The City will be combining this grant with a previous grant received from the
Wildlife Conservation Board in the amount of $249,000, to improve public access for sport fishing at the pier, bringing the total project budget to $499K.
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