SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KCBS RADIO) – Santa Cruz County's Seacliff Pier is being demolished this week following irreparable damage from January's storms.
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The first atmospheric rivers of the year hit hard along the central coast, battering the Seacliff Pier so badly it detached from the famed "concrete ship." It will take six weeks for crews to demo the pier, which stretches out into the water off the coast of Aptos.
"Kind of an end of an era really, you know," said Joe Walters, the superintendent with California State Parks. "The ship was brought in in the 30s and they built the pier out to the ship. It was considered a party boat at that time."
The SS Palo Alto, better known as the concrete ship, was accessed by the pier for years. "Personally, you know, to see it go is saddening for sure and I'm just one of many right," Walters told KCBS Radio.
Residents have been coming out to watch the demolition process. "We would drive over here for our family outings and so as little kids we'd run around on the boat," one woman told KCBS Radio.
"I saw people cry," Walters said. "To me, it's like, no one got hurt and let's move on."
An area has been cordoned off for the public to watch the project and mourn the last days of the pier.