Photo by Kate Noelle
Pier Painting 2017
For decades, motivated groups of local volunteers have dedicated a day to painting the Pier. With limited time and money, these paint jobs did not include prepping and used readily available paint. The result: the Pier needed to be repainted every 6 to 10 months. PierPride’s first project was to have the Pier painted professionally—and have it last 10 years instead of 10 months. In the Spring of 2017, work began on the first professional painting of the Pier in memory. The cost of this mammoth undertaking will likely top $100,000 and includes $20,000 of marine grade epoxy paint. Used on the U.S.S. Midway floating museum, the aircraft carrier's paint has lasted over 10 years and is still going strong. PierPride appreciates the dedication and high standards of contracting group, Ed Stewart and Associates, who successfully completed this ambitious project for the city of San Clemente.
Educational Signs 2018
Iconic San Clemente Pier is a destination for over 2 million people each year, many of who come to see the unique views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding areas. To enhance the experience, there are educational signs on the Pier. Unfortunately, over the years these signs have become worn and in many cases vandalized. PierPride is proud to be replacing these signs. Thanks to the generosity of PSI (Public Safety Industries) a local San Clemente sign designer and fabricator, new signs were installed May 2019. Our proud sponsors include: Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens (sponsoring the Casa Romantica sign), The Kirk Steele Family (sponsoring Dolphins,) Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching (sponsoring Whales), Ocean Festival (sponsoring Seagulls and Pelicans), The San Clemente Rotary Club (sponsoring Seal Rock and Cotton’s Point), Catalina Express (sponsoring San Clemente Island and Catalina Island), and an anonymous donor (sponsoring West Reef and Dana Headlands.
Fishing Line Recycling Canisters 2018
San Clemente Pier is categorized as both a fishing and pleasure pier by the state of California. The Pier attracts hundreds of fishing folks daily (bonito, yellowfin, seabass, croaker and an occasional shark are common catch). Fishing Line can entangle and kill wildlife and cause boat damage. It’s not biodegradable and can remain in the environment over 600 years according to the CA division of Boating and Wildlife. PierPride worked closely with USBOAT to create five canisters to dispose used fishing line. PierPride thanks Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching who hosted a Cruise into History during 2018 PierPride month to raise funds for this environmentally important project.