Stop toying with us, Pismo Beach.
Three years ago, you unveiled a plan for the downtown that included a Ferris wheel. Now we’re told “it’s a long ways off.” In other words, 3-year-olds will be 43, with kids of their own, before there’s a Ferris wheel downtown. (If there ever is one.)
Our county needs an oceanfront Ferris wheel. In fact, we deserve one.
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Look at other beach towns: Santa Monica has one. So does Santa Cruz. Santa Barbara doesn’t, but it has a cool carousel. Meanwhile, we don’t even have mini-golf!
No wonder kids spend so much time staring at their iPhones. For their sakes, we’re tempted to send Pismo Beach a bucket of clammy brickbats soaked in the briny tears of disappointed little boys and girls.
So how about it, Pismo? Can’t you see that we need a Ferris wheel, and you’re the logical place?
Cayucos is too small, Avila too crowded, Grover has no pier and San Luis Obispo has no beach.
Pismo is perfect. Not only does it get lots and lots of tourists, there’s also historic precedent for a Ferris wheel; 50 or so years ago, there were carnival rides right next to the pier parking lot. A photograph from the 1890s clearly shows a large Ferris wheel near the pier.
Yet instead of recreating the Ferris wheel of old, the city is promising a Restaurant Row with banners and bike racks and trash cans and benches.
Pismo already has a row of perfectly good restaurants, along with benches and trash cans and bike racks.
Banners we’re not so sure about, though who needs banners when you have those great big concrete clams that you decorate for Christmas and Easter and Thanksgiving?
So, please, city of Pismo, we aren’t asking for much.
We don’t expect a London Eye or anything, we’d just like a colorful-but-tasteful Ferris wheel with an ocean view. And maybe a small roller coaster. Oh, and while you’re at it, do you think you can squeeze in a mini-golf course?