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New Safety Measures Under Construction On South Coast Wharf

Santa Barbara's Stearns Wharf, built in the 1800's, is getting some changes to make it safer.

Crews are adding 600 feet of railing around the edges on the far end of the wharf.

That area is open and has been for years.

The waterfront department says they are concerned about accidents; in the past, people have fallen, driven, and jumped off the wharf.

Those who fish there have mixed reviews: they understand the point of the railings, but also appreciate the openness for casting their lines, hauling in their catch, and seeing the views.

The wooden design of the rails with wire inserts went through an architectural board review before getting funding.

The project should be done by the 4th of July.

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