State and city officials are preparing an appeal of the federal government's decision not to declare the city a disaster area or provide financial assistance after the fire that destroyed a large section of the Redondo Beach Pier, according to City Manager Tim Casey.
The May 27 fire caused about $7 million in damage to public and private property and destroyed 15 businesses. Damage to the wooden pier was $2.5 million, but city officials estimate that it will cost up to $6 million to replace it.
In rejecting Gov. George Deukmejian's request for assistance, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Julius W. Becton Jr., wrote: "The partial loss of the pier presents no danger to the health and safety of individuals, nor hardship and suffering by the residents. Neither did the city suffer any loss of essential public services. . . . The only impact appears to be financial."
The city has two months to ask the governor to appeal the decision to President Reagan through the FEMA.