For nearly a century, the beloved and historic California pier towered gracefully over the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Pier at Seacliff State Beach However, in Santa Cruz County, series of storms The McClatchy News reported that it left the state devastated and devastated.
“The storm half of the pier It severely damaged the rest of the structure,” California State Park said in a Feb. 16 news release.
As a result of the evaluation, it was determined that what was left on the pier was “in a state of imminent collapse and should be removed as soon as possible”.
The ministry said demolition is scheduled to begin the week of February 20.
“We are dealing with iconic structure It’s a very visible part of the community,” Parks Division Director Chris Spoher told Lookout Santa Cruz. “I think there is a lot of sadness about the fact that this particular structure is so damaged that it has to be demolished.”
of SS Palo AltoA concrete ship built for wartime use as a tanker in World War I sits at the end of the pier, according to California State Park. Despite being built for war, the ship was not completed until after World War I.
Instead, the ship later made its only voyage from Oakland to Seacliffe State Beach, where it was docked and “settled on the ocean floor,” the ministry said.
According to the agency, “By the summer of 1930, a pier leading to the ships had been built.
Aptos Resident Brad Kava told KRON-TV that the demolition of the pier felt like “it would leave that park bare.”
“It’s like cutting down an old grown sequoia tree,” Kava told the outlet.
The pier wasn’t the only beach severely damaged by the storm, the agency said.
“Historic storms destroyed nearly all of the breakwater and much of the embankment on which the campground was built,” the release said.
Other parts of the campsite, including underground facilities and parking lot paving, were “washed out to sea,” the agency said. Ongoing landslides in the area are also impacting road access to campgrounds.
Campgrounds will remain closed until the end of the year as “state parks navigate cleanup and hazard mitigation efforts,” the ministry said.
California State Parks said the severely damaged beaches “are evidence of a new reality facing the state’s coastlines as a result of climate change, especially with rising sea levels and extreme weather.” The ministry added that it will need to work on developing plans to provide “climate-resilient facilities” in the future.
“Seacliff State Beach has been a favorite for generations,” Spoher said in a release. “We look forward to working with communities, scientists and environmental stewards to build resilience to the impacts of rising sea levels and extreme events so that more generations can continue to fall in love with Seacliff State Beach.” I am doing it.”
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