Cayucos Pier rebuilding plans to be focus of upcoming meeting

ktanner@thetribunenews.comMarch 25, 2014 

Workers look over the Cayucos Pier on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, as they prepare for the first phase of repairs.

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A discussion about Cayucos Pier rebuilding plans is expected at the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council meeting April 2.

The Cayucos Pier Project Committee has raised about $500,000 toward pier repairs and future upkeep. The group has pledged $100,000 of that to the fund to rebuild the pier, money the county could use to match grants.

“We will also be sharing the questions the committee still has to answer for itself,” said committee member Greg Bettencourt, such as “how exactly to spend the rest of the money on the pier and where and how to keep the money in the future.”

The committee has decided to pay about $130,000 for new lighting on the pier, Bettencourt said.

Curtis Black, deputy director of county parks, is expected to attend the meeting.

State Parks owns the pier, but the county is responsible for maintenance under terms of a cooperative contract.

Some pilings are missing from the pier, and the outer portion was closed in July. A $230,000 stabilization project completed in January atop the pier’s deck helped protect the aging structure against days of punishing waves that peaked March 1.

The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. April 2 in the Cayucos Veterans Memorial Lions Hall at 201 Ocean Front Lane, at the foot of the pier.

For details on the meeting, email council President John Carsel at jcarsel@aol.com.

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