Mayor Kevin Faulconer leads reopening of Ocean Beach Pier
City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell (left) and Mayor Kevin Faulconer (right) lead the reopening of Ocean Beach Pier. Courtesy of the mayor’s office

City officials reopened the storm-damaged Ocean Beach Pier on Friday morning ahead of the Memorial Day holiday.

City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell and Mayor Kevin Faulconer opened the gates and led city officials and media onto the popular pier.

“It wouldn’t be summer in San Diego without the Ocean Beach Pier so we made getting it fixed and reopened before Memorial Day a top priority,” said Faulconer in a tweet. “City crews worked hard on repairs following major storm damage. Now it’s open again for all to enjoy this summer!”

The pier has been shut down since January, when high surf from a series of strong Pacific storms damaged more than 2,200 feet of guard rail, electric, water and sewer lines.

At more than 1,970 feet, the Ocean Beach pier is the second longest on the West Coast and the longest concrete pier in the world. The pier opened in 1966 and more than 500,000 people visit every year.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.