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Restoration of the Pier is a multi-year project, divided into three stages:  Help Support The Pier By Donating as only 50% of the funding has been raised to Friends of Avila Pier – Home

  • Stage 1: Initial Repairs to Reopen the Pier
    • This stage is has been underway since the summer of 2022.  In Stage 1 approximately 50 pilings will be repaired or replaced; all decking out to (but not including) the Pier Terminus (the wider area at the seaward end) is being replaced and made ADA-accessible; new light posts and hand railing are being installed and utilities are being moved to the outside of the railing.
    • Donations received by Friends of Avila Pier from 2019 through 2021 were used to facilitate the start of Stage 1 repairs.
    • Primarily due to additional storm damage during the winters of 2022-23 and 2023-24, Stage 1 repairs have taken longer than originally estimated.  At this point, the Port San Luis Harbor District is targeting completion of Stage 1 repairs by the end of 2024.  During this time the Pier will remain closed.
  • Stage 2: Repairs to the Boat Landing and Restrooms
    • The Harbor District applied for and has received a $200,000 grant from the California Division of Boating and Waterways to rehabilitate the boat landing toward the end of the Pier.  That grant is contingent upon a 1/3 match from the local community.  Friends of Avila Pier  has pledged to provide those matching funds ($66,667) when needed by the Harbor District.
    • Replacement of the restrooms is currently unfunded.
  • Stage 3: Repairs and Improvements to the Terminus (including the Bait Shop)
    • This portion of the project is currently unfunded.

 The Avila Beach Pier, one of three piers in Avila Beach, is a cherished landmark with a rich history dating back to its initial construction in 1908. Although currently closed for renovations, it has long been celebrated as one of the central coast’s prime fishing destinations, reflecting its significant role in the local community and its contribution to the regional tourism sector.Historical OverviewConstructed by San Luis Obispo County in 1908, Avila Beach Pier was initially built to support local commerce and tourism. Over the years, it has undergone several renovations to repair storm damage and enhance its structure, including a major rebuild following significant damage during the 1998 El Niño storms. The most recent closure in 2015 for comprehensive reconstruction aims to ensure the pier’s longevity and safety, enhancing its accessibility with features like closer deck boards to meet ADA standards.Fishing Opportunities at Avila Beach PierBefore its closure, Avila Beach Pier was a hotspot for anglers due to the diverse marine life supported by the underwater habitats around its pilings. Here’s an overview of the fishing prospects that were and will likely be available again once the pier reopens:- **Mackerel**: Typically caught using shiny lures or pieces of bait, these fish are known for their schooling behavior and are a common catch off the pier.- **Surfperch**: Found close to shore, anglers target these using small hooks baited with sandworms or synthetic grubs.- **Halibut**: Fishing for halibut involves using live bait such as anchovies, or artificial lures, cast along the sandy bottom areas around the pier.- **Bass Varieties**: Including kelp bass, barred sand bass, and spotted bay bass, often attracted to bait such as squid or cut mackerel.- **Crabs**: Particularly rock and Dungeness crabs, which can be caught using traps or snares baited with chicken or fish.- **Shovelnose Guitarfish**: These are targeted with squid or small fish, fished along the bottom.Recreational and Community ActivitiesAside from fishing, Avila Beach Pier serves as a picturesque venue for a variety of activities. The pier’s location offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, making it a perfect spot for strolling, bird watching, and enjoying the peaceful ocean ambiance. It has historically hosted live music events and has been a favorite location for family outings and community gatherings.Current Reconstruction EffortsThe ongoing reconstruction efforts are focused on enhancing the pier’s structural integrity and accessibility. These renovations are crucial not only for restoring the pier to its former glory but also for ensuring that it meets modern safety and accessibility standards. The pier has been closed since 2015 and is undergoing extensive renovations to ensure safety and accessibility for all visitors. Although the reconstruction was expected to take two years, recent updates indicate that the pier is still not open to the public. You can still enjoy the boardwalk, but both ends of the pier are closed .Environmental ConsiderationsManagement of the pier, undertaken by the California State Parks, includes careful consideration of the environmental impact of the renovations. Efforts are made to preserve the marine life habitats around the pier, ensuring that the local ecosystem remains balanced and vibrant.ConclusionAvila Beach Pier is more than just a structure extending into the sea; it is a vital part of the local heritage and a key asset for community recreation and tourism. The ongoing renovations are a testament to the community’s dedication to preserving this iconic landmark for future generations. Once reopened, the pier will continue to offer exceptional fishing opportunities, scenic views, and a welcoming space for both locals and visitors to gather and enjoy the natural beauty of Avila Beach.


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