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Some updated Belmont Pier info—‚

Posted by Ken Jones (Skipper - Posts: 11990)
on May-7-08 7:02pm

Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier

My first visit to this pier took place on a sultry summer night in the mid-1970s. I was visiting southern California with my family, shepherding my wife and kids to the “must see” tourist spots during the day, and making short excursions to the local piers during the morning and evening hours. Much to my surprise, anglers at this pier were using droplights to fish. These lights consisted of a heavy electrical cord with a plug at one end and a light with a reflector at the other end. Fishermen would plug their lights into the electrical outlets located on the pier's overhead lights. They would then lower their cords and lights down so that the droplights were just above the surface of the water. Inevitably, small fish such as anchovies and smelt were attracted to the lights and would swarm near the top of the water. Every so often a larger fish would approach, the small fish would scatter and disappear, and then, a few moments later, fish would reappear. Anglers, using light lines and small baits, were catching their share of the larger fish.

One couple allowed me to share their light and I quickly caught a small sand bass followed by several tom cod (white croaker) and mid-sized queenfish. I didn't have a droplight but vowed that when I returned, I would bring one with me. Unfortunately, I waited too long. The electrical outlets were removed in the '80s (due, the authorities said, to the fact that the outlets encouraged all-night camping and fires which the campers set to keep warm).

Even without droplights, I've generally caught some type of fish whenever I've visited the pier. Ken Dumong, long time southern California fisherman, as well as the owner of the bait shop on the pier, feels that it is one of the best “fish catching” piers in the southland. Although I'll remain an agnostic as to awarding the pier that status, it does receive heavy use from anglers and, with the exception or “red tide” occurrences, almost always does seem to yield some fish.

Environment. The 1,620-foot-long, T-shaped pier sits inside the protected waters of the Long Beach-San Pedro breakwaters; the result is very moderate surf and a wide sandy beach. Further out and around the end of the pier the bottom is sand and mud. This area usually shows little growth of seaweed or kelp, but does have a fairly heavy growth of mussels on the pilings. In addition, concrete rubble was placed among the pilings during the construction of the pier (in 1967) to act as an artificial reef.

The pier has above-average surf fishing yielding corbina, spotfin croaker, yellowfin croaker, barred surfperch, round stingray, thornback rays and guitarfish (shovelnose sharks). Midway out on the concrete pier is the best area for halibut and sand bass, as well as the smaller walleye surfperch, jacksmelt, tom cod (white croaker) and diamond turbot (some years sees fairly good runs of the small flatfish, especially in February or March). This mid-pier area will also yield good numbers of croakers but not in the numbers of the inshore area. The end area is best for the pelagics such as mackerel and bonito as well as most sharks. The areas near the bait shop and the boat landing seem best for sargo and herring (queenfish).

A negative aspect of the pier is fairly common red tide conditions (when fish will be virtually absent); at least a third of my visits in the past ten years have seen the pier surrounded, or nearly surrounded, by red tide. An interesting visual attraction is the group of islands that sit a short distance offshore from the pier. Island Chaffee, Island White and Island Freeman are artificial islands containing oil-drilling equipment. However, the islands are sheathed in pastel-colored, modernistic walls that cloak their industrial activity. Society wants the oil but doesn't want to see the activity that produces it.

Fishing Tips. Try the inshore areas for large croakers using sand crabs, fresh mussels, ghost shrimp, or bloodworms. Early morning hours, or just before dusk, seem the best times, and be prepared for some action. I personally think it may be one of the best piers in the state for corbina (and I have seen as many as thirty corbina caught in just a few hours of early morning angling-by eight anglers). Although anglers will debate the topic endlessly, two of the best riggings will be size 4-2 baitholder hooks used with sand crabs or bloodworms, and size 2 -1/0 Kahle hooks covered with fresh mussels or ghost shrimp. I tend to go with the smaller hooks but it depends on the type of bait you are using and the fish you are seeking.

Fish the mid-pier area using a Lucky Lura/Lucky Joe-type bait rig for jacksmelt, topsmelt, walleye surfperch or queenfish. If you catch a small queenfish, or even a smelt or small mackerel, remember that they make excellent halibut baits. Put the small fish on a live bait leader, sit back, and watch your pole for the light mouthings of the toothy halibut. Pay attention and be ready. The top spot for the halibut seems to be around the black asphalt section near the middle of the pier. Also remember to check the local papers for the times of the grunion runs. Halibut follow the little fish into the shallow waters by the pier.

Out near the end, close to the bait shop, is sometimes a good area for bass (both sand bass and kelp bass) as well as perch. Most of the bass seem to hit on anchovies, squid or lures. Anglers fishing down around the mussel-covered pilings with mussels (surprise) are sometimes rewarded with good-sized buttermouth perch (blackperch), rubberlip perch, or forktails (pileperch). Some years also see good runs of sargo (generally May to July). The scrappy grunts, up to about three pounds in weight, love fresh mussels, get positively giddy over live ghost shrimp, and seem to hit best on the bottom near the pilings in the early evening or night hours.

Fish the outer wings of the pier for pelagics such as bonito and mackerel, barracuda and sharks. Use live anchovies when they're available (generally in the summer months) for the macs, the boneheads and the pencils. Unfortunately, most months see a lack of live anchovies. Plan #2! For the mackerel, fish with strips of squid or pieces of mackerel under a splitshot sinker. Bonito splashers will work for the bonito, as will feathers trailing behind a cast-a-bubble. Spoons, gold colored, when cast at night, may yield a few barracuda during the summer to fall months.

For the sharks, jig up some live bait (especially Pacific mackerel or jack mackerel) and then fish them on a live bait, sliding leader. Most of the sharks will be gray sharks (gray smoothhounds), shovelnose sharks (shovelnose guitarfish), leopards (leopard sharks), or pinback sharks (spiny dogfish) but occasionally there will be large threshers mixed into the action (a 65-pounder in November 1999, a 70-pounder in September 2001, and a 50-pounder in July of 2002). Less common will be blue sharks and sometimes even a bonito shark (mako shark)-a five-foot-long mako being landed in May of '98. About once every thirty years you'll also hear of someone latching onto a hammerhead shark and once every sexcentenary or so an intrepid angler may hook a white “man-eater” shark (why do they only eat men?); most of the latter are still missing in action. If you're satisfied with the smaller sharks, cut mackerel and squid fished on the bottom will yield small smoothies (gray smoothhounds), thornback rays, and bat rays. If seeking out the monsters, be sure to bring a treble-hook gaff, strong line, and a couple of strong friends to hoist your prize up to the pier.

Some itsy bitsy fish are also found out at the end. Most common are herring (queenfish), topsmelt, small perch and pompano (Pacific butterfish). All can be caught on Lucky Lura-type bait rigs jigged at mid-depth range, although the pompano are true Epicureans and prefer to have their hooks sweetened by a delicious but small piece of fresh mussel. I've also seen a few salema here but not in the numbers found at other county piers.

Author's Note No. 1. An interesting catch occurred in July of 1977 when a Belmont Shore's angler caught a 34 1/2-inch yellow snake eel (Ophichthus zophochir). The eel is considered rare in California. Although the listed range is from Peru to Berkeley Pier, less than 20 have been seen in California. Not only was it an unusual catch, but also it was the largest such eel ever seen, the previous record being only 32 1/2 inches. Another interesting catch from this pier, although many years ago, were two 36-inch green sturgeons, one weighing 5.1 pounds the other 6.6 pounds. More recent was the catch of a 22-pound black sea bass in August of 1997. Lastly, it was reported that a number of threadfin shad (Dorosoma petenense) were landed in October 1997; a condition attributed to the El Niño conditions at the time. (These fish are common to Central America but considered rare in our ocean waters-although they have been reported from the Long Beach Harbor in the past). In addition deepbody thread herring Opistlzonemu libertute, were also reported and examined during the same fall month (and I wonder if the shad may have actually been these thread herring).

Perhaps the strangest report I've had was in March of 1998. It seems a pier angler spotted a fish that had beached itself on the sand while chasing a school of grunion into the shallow waters. The angler raced down to the beach and grabbed the fish. Turned out to be a 7-pound skipjack tuna (Euthynnus pelamis)! What the normally offshore fish was doing in these inshore waters is anyone's guess.

Although not a rare species, a fish reported by Vernona Fath (Snookie) would match most of the exotic species in interest. In response to a PFIC Message Board thread concerning halibut that were brown on both sides, or white on both sides, she reported: "Yes, I have seen some of these halibut with unusual color patterns. Some have been solid. Others have been patchy. In 1955 there was an albino halibut caught off Belmont Pier. It was almost completely white with the exception of black fins, a black tail and black eyes. Fish apparently don't have pink eyes as in other albinism cases. This fish was 13 3/4 inches long and weighed less than a pound. It was a healthy specimen. It was also the first halibut with albinism to be caught and seen." So yes, this pier does yield some unusual critters.

Author's Note No. 2. An interesting story comes from George Van Zant, the writer for Saltwater Sportsman Magazine who calls himself “Piscatorial Prevaricator II.” He has a web site called George's Corner and one tidbit caught my eye: “Most of my elementary school years ['40s?] was spent on Belmont Pier where I raised money catching herring for the halibut fishermen. 5 cents each was the charge unless I swam the bait out, then it was 25 cents. I learned to swim in the Colorado Lagoon and more importantly I learned to catch smelt with a bent pin. I used them to catch 100 pound “rat-tail” sting rays off the lagoon floats.” Sounds like catching herring and smelt for live bait has been a standard technique for quite some time.

Author's Note No. 3. The pier played the part of another pier (the Balboa Pier) in episode 13 of the television series The O.C. Usually the Redondo Beach Pier played that part but it's speculated that Belmont's shape was preferred for a scene where two of the characters-Sandy and Rebecca-scattered the ashes of Max. It sounds just a tad complicated to me and I never even knew Max.

Author's Note No. 4. The barge Annie B was accessible from the Belmont Pier for many years. It was where I spent one so-so night in 1988 with a group of marine biology students from Anderson Valley High School. We had traveled down from Boonville in vans and planned to spend the entire night on the barge in part to save the cost of a motel. Unfortunately, the catch was mostly queenfish and white croakers with a few mackerel mixed in for variety. Not exactly big game and I grew tired of answering the question-“Mr. Jones, when are we gong to catch some big fish?” Luckily most of the students were asleep by 3 AM while I continued to fish. It probably wasn't the smartest decision since I had to drive a van to San Diego the next morning. In San Diego we made sure to stay at the Crystal Pier where we were able to do some fishing in between back-of-the aquarium tours at Sea World and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. We did seek out the bigger fish on the Mascot VI out of H&M Sportfishing but unfortunately most of the students were seasick most of the trip. Once again, that's why it's called fishing not catching.

PFIC Fishing Reports

July 1997- Mel at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop on the pier says that the top news recently has been an excellent run of large sargo. Most of them are caught at night, most are caught out near the bait shop, and most are falling to fresh mussels and ghost shrimp. Mackerel continue to provide action throughout the day on live anchovies and smelt but there's been only a few halibut and sand bass recently. Shark action does continue good at night with both pinback sharks (gray smoothhound?) and sand sharks ((shovelnose guitarfish) providing most of the action. A large mako shark (bonito shark) was caught recently but that was the first one seen in quite some time. Finally, anglers are catching both yellowfin croaker and corbina inshore using mussels and ghost shrimp

August 1997- Mel, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop, reports good numbers of corbina and sargo continue to offer action to bottom fishermen, while the mackerel action remains strong for those fishing on top (at least during the night and early morning hours). The corbina are caught inshore on bloodworms, mussels and ghost shrimp, while the sargo are mainly hitting on mussels, and they're caught out by the tackle shop. Halibut are also showing up and are falling to anglers who are willing to jig up some live bait (smelt, herring or sardines). Lots of gray smoothhounds, sand sharks (shovelnose guitarfish) and bat rays offer excitement to "shark" fishermen. A few buttermouth perch (blackperch) continue to hit on mussels while sand bass are being taken next to the float which sits near the bait shop. The sand bass are taken on anchovies, squid or lures. Barracuda are also showing up, mainly at night, and they are hitting live bait fished on a slider rig. Lastly a 22-pound black sea bass was taken and released last week.

September 1997 - Jimmy, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop, says that action remain strong. Out around the bait shop at the end, anglers are getting a mix of fish. Several halibut have been landed, including a 10-pound, 32-inch fish, while LOTS of mackerel and sardines are falling to anglers using Lucky Lura bait rigs. Fisherman using live anchovies (available at the shop) continue to pull in a few sand bass, with the sandies ranging up to about a 3-pounds in size. The end area is also offering up sand sharks, shovelnose sharks (guitarfish), and bat rays although most of the rays have been small. The inshore area continues to offer up a mixture of yellowfin croaker, spotfin croaker, and a few corbina. Try bloodworms, ghost shrimp, sand crabs or fresh mussels.

June 1998 - Jimmy, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop (on the pier), reports that the halibut are finally beginning to make a good showing (a 12-pounder had just been landed when I called). The halibut are hitting on live bait such as sardines, small herring (queenfish) and tom cod (white croaker); you'll need to snag the bait yourself using Lucky Lura or similar riggings. Out at the end, mackerel and sardines continue to show up as do sand bass, and a lot of keeper-size bass apparently are being caught. Most of the bass are being caught on frozen anchovies. The end area is also yielding up a lot of shovelnose sharks (guitarfish) on a variety of baits. Inshore, anglers are getting scads of yellowfin croaker on fresh mussels and ghost shrimp as well as a few corbina.

November 1998 - Jimmy, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop (on the pier), reports that there is still some good fishing to be had. Numerically the list is led by mackerel and queenfish while yellowfin croakers are also being taken from all areas of the pier. Mackerel are hitting strips of squid, queenfish (herring) are being taken on bait rigs, while the yellowfins are hitting on almost everything. Lots of halibut are also falling to anglers who catch small herring for live bait with the largest halibut recently being a 37", 14-pound fish. Shark fishing at night is yielding a lot of shovelnose sharks and sand sharks (smoothhounds). Lastly, a lot of short barracuda are being taken, on both artificial lures and bait.

May 1999 - Jimmy, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop (on the pier), reports some good halibut being caught including 20, 19, 11 and 5-pounders. All were caught in the usual mid-pier halibut area. Out at the end he is seeing good action on big bat rays, big gray sharks (smoothhounds), and shovelnose sharks (guitarfish). Some mackerel and herring (queenfish) are falling to bait rigs at the end, while anglers fishing by the bait shop are getting some buttermouth perch (blackperch) and sargo using shrimp, mussels or bloodworms.

June 1999 - Jimmy, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop (on the pier), reports some good halibut being caught including a 23-pound fish this week (at the end just behind the bait shop). Inshore, anglers are getting some yellowfin croakers, a few corbina, some forktails (pileperch/white seaperch) and lots of sargo. On the bottom, out at the end, anglers are getting quite a few bat rays, stingrays, and shovelnose sharks. Action on the top is only fair with flurries of mackerel, herring (queenfish) and jacksmelt. Jimmy also says a few barracuda have shown up. They're falling to live sardines that have been caught on bait rigs by anglers.

January 2000 - Jimmy, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop (on the pier), reports that action is mixed. In the last few days he's seen quite a few legal-size halibut including fish 26”, 28”, 31”, and 36” (and three were reported the morning I called). Anglers are also continuing to pick up a few corbina inshore, some jacksmelt and sardines out at the end, and a few sharks and rays around the pier. Best action seems to be in the late afternoon or evening.

May 2000 - Jimmy, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop (on the pier), reports that fishing has improved. Inshore, fishermen are getting some corbina and yellowfin croaker together with good numbers of (diamond) turbot. The surf fish are being caught on shrimp and fresh mussels. Out at the end jiggers are catching lots of herring (queenfish) and big jacksmelt while anglers on the bottom are getting a mix of sand bass, calico bass, halibut (with an 18-pound fish landed last week), sand sharks and shovelnose sharks (guitarfish). The keeper halibut are normally landed on live smelt.

April 2001 - Jimmy, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop (on the pier), reports that things have picked up and included in the mix of fish are quite a few halibut-mostly taken on live smelt or herring (queenfish). Inshore, by the surf area, anglers continue to pull in a few corbina, yellowfin croaker, and diamond turbot-using worms, ghost shrimp or mussels. Further out on the pier, toward the end, anglers are also getting some nice-sized pileperch using sidewinder crabs or ghost shrimp. And finally, some schools of mackerel and herring (queenfish) are showing up during the early morning and evening hours; both can be taken on bait rigs or strips of squid/smelt. He's also seeing some bat rays being taken on the bottom with squid.

July 2001 - Jimmy, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop (on the pier), reports good fishing with the usual mix of yellowfin croaker and corbina inshore, sand bass and halibut further out on the pier, and bat rays, pinback sharks (thornback rays) and shovelnose on the bottom. He says there has been a decent bite on leopard sharks recently including two that were estimated to be 40+pound fish. On top, at the end, he's seeing lots of mackerel and herring and if you use live herring as bait you stand a good chance at taking a halibut, although most don't quite reach the legal size.

April 2002 - Ken Dumong, at the Belmont Pier Sportfishing shop (on the pier), says that the action on sardines has slowed but that there are still a lot of jacksmelt for anglers using bait rigs. There are also a few halibut, especially if you use live smelt that you've caught on the bait rigs. Out at the end there is good action on perch-buttermouth (blackperch), forktails (white seaperch) and a few sargo. Best bait for the perch is ghost shrimp. Anglers are also getting quite a few HUGE tom cod (white croakers); says he's never seen them bigger. In fact, he thought some anglers had hooked small seatrout (white seabass) and went over to check their buckets but the fish turned out to be the white croakers. Some small sand bass and calico (kelp) bass are also hitting along with small barracuda (10-12”) that are hitting bait rigs. A few sharks and rays continue to hit at night but apparently it isn't in great numbers. Although not on the pier, he's also seeing fishermen (?) on the beach throwing out snag rigs for mullet.

October 2002 - The pier closed on 9/15 and will be closed for approximately a year.

June 2005 - Bill, at Paul's Bait and Tackle in San Pedro, reports some good action inshore on yellowfin croaker and corbina at the pier (use small ghost shrimp, not the larger ones). Further out on the pier, buttermouths (black perch), sargo and forktails (white perch) are hitting on lug worms and ghost shrimp.

September 2005 - Lowell, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, reports excellent fishing for mackerel (mostly Pacific mackerel but also a few Spanish mackerel) with a few bonito adding in some excitement. Yellowfin croaker action is also really good for those using ghost shrimp while some halibut are also making an appearance. Corbina are to be found inshore.

June 2006 - Joe, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, 803 South Pacific Ave. in San Pedro, reports fairly good action on sargo and sand bass at the pier; try ghost shrimp, mussels or lug worms for the sargo, use these along with cut anchovies for the bass. Good numbers of halibut are also being taken but it's primarily the regulars, the ones with the know-how, that are taking them; use live smelt or a lure on the bottom. A few mackerel also make an appearance.

July 2006 - Bill, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, reports good action on halibut at the pier although most are shorts. He got a chance to run over and fish himself last week and landed a 13-pound fish that he said hit ghost shrimp in about 3 foot of water near the entrance to the pier. Some buttermouth perch mid-pier as well as some forktails (white perch?), and a few sargo are hitting under the pier. Out at the end good numbers of mackerel are showing up along with an occasional bonito. Inshore, it's spotfin croaker and some black croaker (to 3 _ pounds) together with corbina in the shallowest water. Sand bass are also showing at the end on ghost shrimp, lug worms or Green Blams (w/silver belly or ones with the red tails and sprinkles). Sharks, guitarfish and bat rays round out the action.

September 2006 - Jesse Zambata, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, reports some surfperch, yellowfin croaker, sargo and sand bass being taken on the bottom along with some decent-sized halibut. Use lug worms or ghost shrimp for the croakers and sargo while Green Blams (w/silver belly or ones with the red tails and sprinkles) are yielding up the bass. Not too much on top except for a few mackerel. Shark action: grey smoothhounds, shovelnose (guitarfish), and bat rays continue to offer excitement, especially at night.

October 2006 - Joe at Paul's Bait and Tackle, reports anglers are pulling in corbina inshore along with good numbers of chrome eye perch (walleyes). Mackerel are good out at the end while bonito are more sporadic. They're also getting some barracuda, mostly shorts, and good numbers of keeper-size halibut.

July 2007 - Bill at Paul's Bait and Tackle, reports that the corbina (to 5 pounds) are showing up in the surf along with some good-sized yellowfin croaker. Halibut have also been biting on artificials and live bait. Out at the end there's some calico (kelp) bass along with sand bass; use plastics, ghost shrimp or fresh squid. Quite a few leopard sharks are also showing up.

Special Recommendation. Because of elevated levels of DDT and PCB, the Cal OEHHA recommends that no more than one meal of locally caught surfperch be consumed every two weeks.

History Note. Belmont Pier was built in 1968 alongside the older Grand Avenue Pier, a pier that was also called the Belmont Heights Pier by some, and the Devil's Gate Pier by others (in reference to the geologic formation-a natural bridge-which in those days extended seaward from the low bluffs at 39th Place). The Grand Avenue/Belmont Heights/Devil's Gate Pier opened on Christmas Eve 1915 and was seen as a payback gift from the Long Beach municipality to the residents of the Belmont Heights section of town (an area that was mainly tidal flat and far from the center of action). Locals had earlier asked the city to fund a pier but been refused. In response, the residents formed a new city-the City of Belmont Heights-which meant Long Beach would lose the local taxes from the area. Long Beach leaders had a change of heart, agreed to build the pier, and the area rejoined Ling Beach.

The pier was 975-foot-long and had a maximum width of 112 feet in the middle and a minimum width of twenty-five feet. Ornamental lights illuminated the pier and in the middle were two pergolas. Newspapers reported that 3,000 to 4,000 people visited the pier the first two days it was open and that 500 to 600 automobiles drove out to the end on the smooth concrete surface.
Barge fishing was available by the mid-'20s with the introduction of the James McKenna (1925 to postwar). The barge Rainbow joined the mix in 1935, one of several different sportfishing boats and barges operated from the pier, although their use would be curtailed during World War II. Nevertheless, fishing barges returned soon after the war and by 1947 two operated from the pier-the Kilroy and the New Rainbow. In 1951 the pier was renovated and given a 300-foot extension.

A Fish and Game Bulletin in 1953 makes note of the fact that “The city has had, throughout the years, several pleasure piers for anglers. At Belmont Shore there is now a modern pier. In 1952 there were 22 party boats and 64 charter boats out of Long Beach. Five fishing barges were anchored offshore.”

By the 1960s the older pier was in poor condition and the decision was made to build a new pier. One week after the new pier opened, the demolition of the old pier began (and plans included placing part of the rubble from the older pier around the new pilings, thus acting as an artificial reef).

On Sunday, February 19, 1967, the new 1,450-foot-long Belmont Pier opened and the local newspaper's headline read “Throngs Hail Opening of New Pier.” The story reported that free live bait was given out all day long and recorded the initial catches at the new pier. The first fish officially caught was by an eleven-year-old girl, Rosemary Rodriguez, who caught a sand bass. Brian Williams, a four-year-old angler was the youngest to catch a fish-a bullhead. The oldest was 82-year-old Albert Parbst who caught a perch. The largest fish of the day was a 2-pound, 8-ounce bonito caught by 16-year-old Maureen Younger.

Among the pier's amenities in those days was a sportfishing fleet that operated from the 336-foot, y-crossing at the seaward end. The Queen of the Sea operated as a half-day boat and the Hurricane operated as a three-quarter day boat. For many years it was possible to catch The Islander which served as a water taxi to take anglers out to the 150-foot-long barge Annie B.

Many of the old-timers feel that the fishing has gone down since those days, a fact which they contribute to pollution of the bay's water and to the change in the mix of the pier's anglers. Many of the pier's regulars today are Latino and Asian and many are subsistence fishermen fishing for food (even though the food may not be particularly safe to eat). Since most of the fish, regardless of size, are kept, the population of larger fish probably has decreased. However, those who have the know-how still catch fish, including some that are pretty decent size. Today's mix of anglers also represents, I believe, a change in the focus of the pier. The pier has become a family pier where regulars and their families will be found most days, especially non-school days. Some may protest this mix but activity at the pier is actually mellower and certainly less destructive than that in the late '70s and '80s and a change, I believe, for the better.

Plans were announced early in 2002 for the closing and renovation of the pier beginning in the fall or winter of 2002. Among the changes was the name. The rechristened pier became the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier!

Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier Facts

Hours: Open from 5 A.M. till sundown.

Facilities: Lights, some benches, fish-cleaning stations, restrooms, and a bait and tackle/snack shop all on the pier. There is a parking lot near the foot of the pier ($.50 an hour with a 10 hour limit, no parking 6:30-7:30 A.M. on Tuesdays, and no parking from 12 midnight until one hour before sunrise). Both free and metered parking on adjacent streets.

Handicapped Facilities: Some handicapped parking in the parking lot at the foot of the pier. The pier is wheelchair accessible with a railing 42 inches high.

How To Get There: From the north take I-405 to the Lakewood Boulevard turnoff, and then go south to 7th Street, turn west (right) until you come to Ximeno Ave. and then turn left. Follow it to Livingston Dr. and go west. You will see signs by Ocean Ave. and Termino Ave. indicating the pier. From the south take the Pacific Coast Highway to 2nd. Street (Westminister becomes 2nd. Street when it crosses PCH), go west, follow to Livingston Dr. Follow it to signs by Ocean Ave. and Termino Ave. indicating the pier and parking lot.

Management: City Of Long Beach.

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