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January 26, 2014 | By Kim Christensen
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | By Kim Christensen
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.
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July 1, 2012
Ventura County piers (south to north) Port Hueneme Pier Overview: A pier that feels away from it all. It was opened in 1968 and is one of the few in the state that doesn't prohibit bicycles. Neighborhood kids seem to make the 1,400-foot span a destination. Background: This pier has a peculiar shape: It heads out from the beach, turns left for about 50 feet and then straightens out again, leading to an octagonal shape at the end. Notable views: Long expanses of beach in both directions; an excellent view of Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands on days with good visibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
A large section of the historic Ventura Pier has been closed to the public after one of its supporting posts failed. According to a report in the Ventura County Star , the piling, which anchors the 1,600-foot-long pier to the ocean floor, "apparently gave way" as a group of city employees stood on the structure Friday afternoon. The city ordered visitors to evacuate the two-thirds of the pier closest to the ocean shortly thereafter. The portion of the pier closest to the shore, which offers access to two restaurants, remains open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
A large section of the historic Ventura Pier has been closed to the public after one of its supporting posts failed. According to a report in the Ventura County Star , the piling, which anchors the 1,600-foot-long pier to the ocean floor, "apparently gave way" as a group of city employees stood on the structure Friday afternoon. The city ordered visitors to evacuate the two-thirds of the pier closest to the ocean shortly thereafter. The portion of the pier closest to the shore, which offers access to two restaurants, remains open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1993
With regard to the letter from Frank Salowitz of Oxnard relative to selling alcohol on the new Ventura Pier, I believe he is not clear on the issues involved. The new pier is being touted as a family recreational area, not just a place where adults can go to play. If I take my grandsons there, I personally would prefer not seeing alcohol sold, much less used. Additionally, our county government espouses, through alcohol and drug programs, a policy of "no use" with respect to alcohol and drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1995 | BARBARA MURPHY
The Ventura Pier, heavily damaged during the January storms, will reopen Saturday with a morning celebration, "Coffee on the Pier." The public has been invited to the celebration from 8 a.m. until noon. The first 100 people will receive free pier posters, courtesy of the Pier Into the Future steering committee. Cappuccino, scones, muffins, cookies, popcorn and hot dogs will be sold, and a booth will be set up offering pier planks, T-shirts, caps and sweat shirts for purchase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1994 | CONSTANCE SOMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Diners may have to wait as long as two years to enjoy a meal on the newly refurbished Ventura Pier, city officials said Tuesday, as negotiations between the city and a Seattle-based restaurateur have broken down. And before Ventura can hope to entice an attractive investor to the site, residents may have to amend the City Charter to allow the council more flexibility in negotiating leases on the property, city officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1997 | VERONIQUE de TURENNE
A 72-year-old man strolling along the bike path near the Ventura Pier on Monday afternoon was overpowered by three teenagers who stole his watch and a gold ring, Ventura police said. Ray Weiss of Saugus was walking near the Holiday Inn about 4:15 p.m. when the youths ran up to him and wrapped a long scarf several times around his neck. As Weiss struggled, the three robbed him. Police are looking for three males about 16 years old. One wore a black-and-gray striped shirt and black pants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1991 | MACK REED
Architects of the $3.5-million Ventura Pier restoration are scheduled to show design drawings of the project to the public today during the Ventura Parks and Recreation Commission's regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at San Buenaventura City Hall. The architects plan to display blueprints for refurbishing the bait shop, building a new snack bar and restrooms and upgrading fixtures on the pier, said chief architect Eric Lassen.
TRAVEL
July 1, 2012
Ventura County piers (south to north) Port Hueneme Pier Overview: A pier that feels away from it all. It was opened in 1968 and is one of the few in the state that doesn't prohibit bicycles. Neighborhood kids seem to make the 1,400-foot span a destination. Background: This pier has a peculiar shape: It heads out from the beach, turns left for about 50 feet and then straightens out again, leading to an octagonal shape at the end. Notable views: Long expanses of beach in both directions; an excellent view of Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands on days with good visibility.
REAL ESTATE
April 6, 2003 | Joanne Cunha, Special to The Times
Ventura is an unpretentious coastal community with a quiet, unhurried atmosphere, small-town appeal and a well-used Main Street. The Two Trees hilltop landmark, visible above the city from the 101 Freeway, stands guard over the protected green hillsides, emblematic of Ventura's no-growth movement. The basics Ventura takes its name from Mission San Buenaventura, founded there in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2001
George Michael Bartee, a ranch caretaker at Fig Tree Farms, died on Tuesday at his Santa Paula home. He was 59. Bartee was born Feb. 24, 1942, in Fullerton. He grew up in Ventura County, where he attended local schools. While serving in the Marine Corps he met his future wife, Leslie Pierce. The couple married 37 years ago. He was an avid surfer and one of the regular long-board surfers in the Ventura area in the 1960s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heavy seas churning 20-foot waves battered the Ventura County coastline Thursday as the season's first major storm flooded streets, closed a popular beachfront highway and caused minor damage to several expensive oceanfront homes. In the mountains, snow levels dropped to 3,500 feet, and the season's first snowfall measured a foot in some areas, officials said. Rain and possible thunderstorms will continue through this morning before partly cloudy conditions move in, forecasters said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sea-battered Ventura Pier, built back when this beach-side town was more accessible by water than roadway, reopened Saturday after a seven-month, $2.2-million renovation to bolster the historic monument against the weight of the Pacific. Balmy weather drew about 2,500 people to the beach to admire the pier's new octagonal end, steel-reinforced pilings and dozens of aesthetic changes designed to make the structure more inviting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sea-battered Ventura Pier, built back when this beach-side town was more accessible by water than roadway, reopened Saturday after a seven-month, $2.2-million renovation to bolster the historic monument against the weight of the Pacific. Balmy weather drew about 2,500 locals to the beach to admire the pier's new octagon-shaped end, steel-reinforced pilings and dozens of aesthetic changes that make the structure more inviting.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
At least 13 potential investors, including several Ventura County groups and some well-known chains, have expressed interest in developing a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant as part of restoration of the historic Ventura Pier. One potential bidder, Chart House Inc., is interested in opening an Islands gourmet hamburger unit on the site at the entrance to the pier, city officials said. The company already operates a Chart House restaurant in Ventura.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2000 | GAIL DAVIS
When the gates open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the public can enjoy a Dixieland band, ice cream, roasted almonds and a chance to do something no one has done in more than four years: walk to the end of the Ventura Pier. In December 1995, a storm destroyed the end of the pier, lifting it off its pilings and sending large chunks crashing onto the beach. Insurance money and state grants financed the $2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Giant waves pounded the coast Monday with the season's biggest swells, testing the strength of the newly renovated Ventura Pier and hampering the nighttime search for survivors and debris from the downed Alaska Airlines jetliner near Anacapa Island. Rough waters are expected again today with swells of up to 12 feet along the Ventura County coastline, prompting a heavy-surf advisory until noon today by the National Weather Service.
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