A trip to Ocean Beach is nothing without the waves, sound of the ocean + views of the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier. The concrete landmark has been part of OB since 1966, attracts 500,000+ yearly visitors, and is a reel big hit with local fishers.
But not all things are as they a-pier. Recent damage + closures have prompted emergency repairs and discussions about the future of this pier-turesque oceanfront attraction.
High surf is known to batter the Ocean Beach Pier. Until last month, locals + visitors hadn’t had full access to due to storm damage — and salty beachgoers were awaiting a reopening. But the City of San Diego didn’t give into pier pressure, and it took about a year and a half to fully complete repairs.
In January 2021, a storm with high waves knocked over railings, making the pier unsafe + resulting in a full closure.
The pier partially reopened in May 2021. Visitors weren’t able to go past the bait shop + cafe, prohibiting access to the left and right sides of the T-shaped pier.
The State of California allocated $8.4 million to fully fix storm damage + reopen the pier in July 2021.
Repairs began in December 2021, resulting in full closures for the first half of this year.
A timeline has yet to be established, so the pier as we know it will keep standing for now — but the city will take first steps this fall by assembling a task force to investigate the replacement. Before construction moves forward the city will need to create plans, follow environmental regulations, apply for grants + obtain community feedback.
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OB Farmers Market | Wednesdays | 4-8 p.m. | 4900 block of Newport Avenue, between Bacon + Cable streets | Free | This eclectic, beachside market has been running for 30 years and is a prime spot to grab produce, honey, kombucha, flowers + more. 💐
Bodega | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Soda Bar | $16.41 | Enjoy the punk band at this intimate venue. 🎶
The Best of San Diego | Thursdays | 8 p.m. | The Comedy Store La Jolla | $10 | Laugh with up-and-coming local comedians at this career-launching show. 🎤
San Diego Tequila and Cuisine | Fri., Aug. 5 | 5-8 p.m. | Venue 808 | $149 | The Northern California event travels south boasting unique flavors, performances + a social hour. 🥃
Toro Nagashi Festival | Fri., Aug. 5-Sat., Aug. 6 | 10 a.m. | Japanese Friendship Garden | Free | Watch the lanterns float while enjoying food, performances + a beer garden. 🏮
Countryfest| Sat., Aug. 6 | 4 p.m. | Viejas Casino + Resort | $80+ | Performances from Jimmie Allen, Joe Nichols + Jackson Dean. 🥾
Old Town Harney Street Market |Saturdays + Sundays | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Harney Street in Old Town State Historic Park | Free | Browse local produce, handmade art, jewelry + apparel near the historic landmark. 🌽
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
California Legislature bill SB 1079 passed in senate + will be voted on by the Assembly Appropriations Committee today. If approved, the bill will ask California Highway Patrol to use loud exhaust cameras to identify vehicles exceeding 95 decibels in six cities — including San Diego — until Jan. 1, 2025. 🎥 (ABC 10)
TwitchCon will come back to the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) in real life from Fri., Oct. 7-Sun., Oct. 9, for the first time since 2019. The event hosts streams of gamers, but the upcoming event does not have a COVID-19 testing or vaccination policy — though regulations may change due to government guidelines. 🖥️ (Shacknews)
The Padres are going national. The teamacquired outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from the Nationals. In return, the Washington team gets shortstop C.J. Abrams, left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore, outfielders Robert Hassell III + James Wood, and right-handed pitcher Jarlin Susana. The deal also resulted in first baseman Eric Hosmer being traded to the Red Sox. ⚾ (ESPN)
The Cajon Valley Union School District is charging into a fresh school year with a new electric bus fleet. The eight buses with vehicle-to-grid capability are part of a 5-year pilot program linked to SDG&E’s Emergency Load Reduction Program where buses can export power to a grid, supporting high-power usage periods. ⚡ (CleanTechnica)
San Marcos can cool off once again because the splash padat Sunset Park is reopened after being closed for maintenance. A construction team patched + resealed the padding and repainted areas, but the pad still has its signature snaketail design. 🚿
UC San Diego received $100 million in state funding to build Pepper Canyon West Living and Learning Neighborhood. The new building will include 1,300 single-occupancy rooms for transfer + upper-division undergraduate students when it opens in fall 2024. 🏗️ (UC San Diego News Center)
Tickets are on sale for “Taste of North Park 2022” — where you can find your flavor by sampling food from over 40 restaurants + drinks from over 15 local breweries, distilleries, and beverage makers. The event takes place at 3812 29th St. on Sat., Oct. 8, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 🥣
Free movies will be popping up in the Gaslamp Quarter on Friday nights this month at Island + Fifth avenues. Gaslamp Flicks starts with a Disney double feature — “The Lion King” (2019) at 7:45 p.m. and “Encanto” at 9:45 p.m. Tickets get you entry and free popcorn, and there’s a beer garden with themed cocktails. 🍿
“Favorite Color” — a La Jolla mural known for its colorful squares — is being replaced with “Your Favorite Color.” Artist Roy McMakin asked 882 community members to identify their preferred colors, being presented with 79 different options. Each color was chosen at least once, but the most popular option was classic pink. 🎨 (SDNews.com)
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On Monday, San Diego City Council approved Build Better SD in an 8-1 vote — an initiative focused on equitably + sustainably building public spaces across the city, focusing on underserved areas.
In essence, this initiative creates one large pot of money for city projects rather than keeping developer fees separated into 43 different accounts for different communities. The old policy saw $222 million in city funds that were unable to be spent, while communities were also unable to fund public projects like parks, libraries, and street work.
The city hopes this effort will help create more equity among our communities in the future, as the previous system was an underinvestment in many of our older, urban areas. However, previously collected funds will remain restricted to their neighborhoods.
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Editor’s pick:Good morning, San Diego. I love taking shorter, more frequent trips to visit the animals at the San Diego Zoo. Recently, I went in the late afternoon thanks to the Nighttime Zoo hours — and the experience was quite different. The weather was cooler, different animals were active, and the daytime crowds were gone. Plus, there are shows + no extra fees, so as a member, I’m koalafied to enter. 🐨
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