Waters off Avila and Port San Luis closed after reported shark sighting

The waters at Avila and Port San Luis beaches will be closed through Monday after a boater spotted a shark between the two piers around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The beaches are open, but signs posted in the sand warn beach-goers of the sighting.

In August 2003, the Port San Luis Harbor District voted to close the waters off its beaches for five days anytime a credible shark sighting was reported. The decision came days after a great white shark bit and killed swimmer Deborah Franzman of Nipomo as she was swimming with seals off Avila Beach.