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Pacifica Receives Funds for the Pacifica Pier Restoration Project

The Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement Recreational Use Grant Program awards the City of Pacifica $250K to fix up the Pacifica Pier.

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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Jo Tog January 25, 2013 at 02:53 PM
This is good news for Pacifica Pier.
hutch January 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM
That's great. The pier needed millions in repairs a few years ago. Not sure if that work was ever done.
Adrian Smith January 25, 2013 at 07:22 PM
$250,000? Just a drop in the ocean really. Sorry - couldn't resist.
Duane Clink January 26, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Would like to see a web cam added to the project.
Pacificat January 26, 2013 at 06:29 PM
They should use the money to remove the pier. It's falling apart and will cost many millions to adequately repair. It's a huge liability for the city. It was built in the first place to carry the sewage from the old treatment plant out far enough beyond the surf line to dump it in the ocean. It's no longer needed. It's a rusting, crumbling, dangerous hulk that will only get worse over time. Eventually it will be so far gone that there will be no point in repairing it and it will have to be removed. Even that will cost millions.

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