by Photo courtesy of Port of San Diego

The port of San Diego and the city of Imperial Beach recently kicked off Phase 2 of the Imperial Beach Pier Enhancements Project in an effort to beautify the iconic South Bay landmark. 

The second phase of the project will be adding to improvements made in 2021, including a shade canopy with a shark and a water design over the mid-pier extension, new activity placards, and more. Port officials say the goal is to “beautify and activate the iconic IB pier to enhance the public’s fishing, surfing, and viewing experience.”

As the most southwesterly pier in the continental U.S., the IB Pier is a widely recognized landmark and regional attraction for surfing, fishing, sunset and ocean gazers, and more,” said Port of San Diego Chairman Dan Malcolm, Board of Port Commissioners. “For us locals, it’s part of our community, cultural identity, and economic vitality. With these enhancements and more to come, the Port and the City hope to highlight all there is to see, do and experience on and around the pier.”

Other improvements under Phase 2 include replacing the existing wood railing around the mid-pier extension as well as around the old boat loading ramp area near the Tin Fish Restaurant with stainless steel cable railing for improved ocean and beach views.

The port will Install 59 new artistically designed activity placards along the pier railings, among other features to create a more "refreshed and welcoming” environment. 

“I’m so excited about these new improvements to our iconic IB Pier! I think they reflect our town’s character and vibe: its marine-life themes, surfer references, and positive messaging will give anyone who walks it an incredibly memorable experience,” said Imperial Beach Mayor-Elect Paloma Aguirre. “I’m thankful to Chair Malcolm and outgoing Mayor Dedina for all their work to make these amazing upgrades happen.”

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