Photo by Guillermo Sevilla
Part of the iconic Ocean Beach Pier reopened on Friday for the first time since January.
the OB Pier was deemed safe for the public after city engineers and maintenance crews repaired damaged railings and service lines at the Walking on Water Café. People can now walk, run, cycle and fish to the cafe, but not to the end of the pier.
Currently the City of San Diego is working on a long term solution for the pier. But for now, retired appliance repairman and fisherman Stephan Clay is excited to be back at his favorite fishing spot.
“I’ve been fishing here for at least 20 years and it really hurts when it’s closed, it takes so long to open, but it’s open today and I’m really happy to be here”, Clay said.
Clay’s neighbor and fellow fisherman, Anthony Benavente, loves the pier.
“What I like most about the wharf is seeing new people, having new experiences. Mostly new, basically, ”said Benavente.
Since 1993, Chuck Fisher and his family have owned the Walk on Water Café.
“The pier is part of the family. It’s part of who I am, ”Fisher said. “I like to come here. I do not get enough.
Fisher knows OB residents love the pier, but so do visitors, and he said he had heard of them.
“The phones ring nonstop all week. “We’re coming to town, are you already open?” ” “, did he declare.
During the pandemic, the cafe was closed. Fisher said, “It took part of me away from not being able to come out here. It’s just special.
Fisher expects the cafe to serve at least 2,000 people a day over the holiday weekend.
The Walking on Water Café is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the pier is open 24 hours a day, but will close during very high tides.
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