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Pier In Channel Islands Replaced, Improving Access For Visitors

A damaged pier on the most visited of the Channel Islands has been replaced, making it easier for visitors to get on and offshore.

A flatbed railcar installed in 2000 on Santa Cruz Island as a temporary pier had become so damaged due to waves, and corrosion it was closed last December. Last week, the Scorpion Pier was removed and an aluminum gangway was installed.

It’s still a temporary fix, with plans for installation of a new pier in about two years. An estimated 65,000 people a year visit Santa Cruz Island.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.