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Malibu Pier wins preservation award

March 26, 2009 | 12:52 pm

Malibupier_2  The state of California has won a preservation award from the Los Angeles Conservancy for its restoration of the Malibu Pier. The conservancy recognized the state for showing "solid stewardship of this beloved public resource by reversing decades of decay while staying true to its historic character."

Built in 1905, the pier endured storm damage and neglect that caused its closure to the public in 1995.

Setbacks in the state's efforts to revive it occurred with frustrating frequency. The multi-year restoration effort spawned a series of legal tiffs -- between the state (which owns the property) and its concessionaire, between the concession partners, and between the concessionaire and a restaurant company that didn't make the cut.

The pier reopened last June with new restaurants and other attractions.

-- Martha Groves

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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