Gaviota Pier now ends at the boat hoist. Heavy surf threatens to destroy more of the pier tonight, including the boat launch facilities.
Gaviota Pier Severely Damaged by Storm
Last One-Quarter Disappears Overnight
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Early this morning when CA State Park rangers checked conditions in their various parks, they discovered that a portion of the pier at Gaviota was gone. Ranger Dustin Patterson estimated that about one-quarter of the pier had been demolished. The structure now ends at the location of the boat hoist, often used to launch fishing and Hollister Ranch surf boats.
By Ray Ford
View from Gaviota Beach shows the loss of sand and overnight destruction to the pier.
By Ray Ford
Pier as it looked just a few months ago on a beach walk west towards Hollister Ranch. Above, what it looks like now.
“We are especially concerned about the low tide that is now coming in,” Ranger Patterson told me. “Once the level drops enough the surf will start pounding the outer pilings with more force than when the waves broke further onshore.” As we talked I could see several large beams near the boat hoist being knocked back and forth by the waves. It is possible by morning that more of the pier may be gone.