Struggling icon

MALIBUPIER — Despite being one of the great coastal icons of California, the Malibu Pier has struggled to get the respect its colorful past would suggest it deserves. Groves. 28 inches w/photos. 5:30 p.m. (short) It has been lashed by winter storms that destroyed pilings, forcing costly repairs. It has endured construction delays caused by financially overextended contractors. It has spawned legal or verbal tiffs between contractors, between the state and its concessionaire and between concession partners. And for the last dozen years it has stood forlornly at the southern end of Malibu Lagoon State Beach as the California Department of Parks and Recreation prodded the pier’s concessionaire to install the eateries and other amenities needed to revive the popular venue and get revenues flowing once again. But things may be looking up. .
Brian Vander Brug / LAT
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