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Playa del Rey trying to make it back to the glory days
Playa del Rey trying to make it back to the glory days

Time was when Playa del Rey lived up to its name: King's Beach. The hamlet's Toes Beach had a majestic break that lured the likes of singing surfer Dennis Wilson of Beach Boys fame. Wave riders could grab a burger at one of many hangouts, while more sophisticated diners -- airline pilots, aerospace engineers, professors -- had their pick of white-tablecloth restaurants. It was a destination surfing town with a casual vibe but plenty of bustle. The casual vibe remains, but Playa del Rey is no longer much of a destination. An off-shore breakwater, installed in 1965 in part to calm the wave action afflicting the nascent Marina del Rey development, wiped out the enclave's...

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