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Damaged Ventura Pier reopens

A large section of the historic Ventura Pier was reopened Sunday after inspectors determined damaged timber pilings did not threaten public safety.

About two-thirds of the 1,600-foot-long pier was closed Friday after one of the supporting beams failed, apparently because of heavy waves.

“We don’t know definitively, but we suspect it was the high surf that caused it,” said Lysa Urban, a spokeswoman for the city of Ventura.

The portion of the pier closest to shore, which provides access to two restaurants, was not affected by the closure, Urban said.

Waves of 10 feet or more were predicted during a high surf advisory that expired Saturday night. By Sunday morning, visitors were strolling the length of the 142-year-old pier.

“I was out there earlier, and it looks like people are back to enjoying our beautiful pier,” Urban said.

A city contractor is to assess the timber damage Monday and recommend repairs.

A high surf advisory remained in effect Sunday for coastal areas of Orange and San Diego counties, according to the National Weather Service.

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