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Local News in Brief : Hearing Set on Redondo Pier

Redondo Beach is not obligated to rebuild the section of its municipal pier that was destroyed by a May fire, according to City Atty. Gordon Phillips.

City officials have been proceeding with plans to rebuild the pier but have not committed to reconstruction.

The May 27 blaze destroyed 15 business and 34,000 square feet of the wooden pier. Damage was estimated at $7 million.

The City Council will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss how the pier should be redesigned--whether it should be wood, steel or concrete and what commercial and recreational facilities should be included.

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About half of those who spoke at a crowded public hearing in July told the mayor and City Council not to rebuild the pier because it adds to the city’s crime, litter, noise, traffic and congestion.

Others at the hearing told officials to rebuild the pier because it gives the city its identity.

City Council members discussed putting the issue to a public vote but later indicated that they would make the decision.


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