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<b>WILL IT RISE AGAIN?</b>  Little remains of the motley-crewed beach shack that once stood sentry along Rincon Point.

Ethan Stewart

WILL IT RISE AGAIN? Little remains of the motley-crewed beach shack that once stood sentry along Rincon Point.


Rincon Pit Shack Gets Wiped Out

Caltrans Levels It For 101 Widening Project


Tucked in deep along the cove side of world-famous Rincon Point, a long-standing and much-loved illegal beach shack was all but vaporized last week. Built slowly over the years by a handful of Rincon’s more colorful and creative and occasionally day-drinking regulars, the multiroom shack, constructed out of salvaged beach debris, was knocked down as part of Caltrans’s ongoing Highway 101 widening project and the construction of an associated bike path. Caltrans spokesperson Patrick Chandler confirmed this week that the shack, which backed up to the rock berm that holds up the highway just south of Bates Road, was indeed removed by his agency as it was located in their “right of way.”

The shack, which featured everything from wooden benches and hammocks to assorted BBQ apparatus and a custom-built surfboard rack, had become a regular gathering spot for the self-named Rincon Pit Crew and an extended family, providing shade and a generally comfortable place to pass the time and talk during good surf and bad. A visibly shell-shocked Pit Crew regular stood by, beer in hand, and watched the backhoes and bulldozers go to work last Thursday morning. Answering a phone call from another concerned member of his gang, he explained that the shack was indeed gone before offering defiantly to the person on the other end of his cell, “Oh, don’t you worry. As soon as they are done, we will start rebuilding.”

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