The Santa Monica Pier is back! It reopened on a beautiful spring weekend, and what a joy it was to be there. The fresh air, the world-class view from inside the bay, the excitement of the fisherpeople as they hauled in their big ones, the feelings of detachment from the hustles and bustles of the city, the good feelings shared by the throngs of all sizes, colors and shapes--it was all there and more.
The rebuilt pier is strong and solid and well-done. It is a good omen for the next phase: a cafe, bait-and-tackle shop and Harbor Master's office. The design is creative, with patios and a roof deck. The final details are being worked out now, so by the summer of 1991, we will be able to kick back and soak it all in. Some things are worth the wait.