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SAN DIEGO — The Ocean Beach Pier will partially reopen to the public on Friday following a months-long closure.

City leaders say engineers and maintenance crews completed repairs that make a portion of the pier safe for public access. It’ll reopen ahead of Memorial Day weekend while a longer-term strategy is developed for the future of the pier, according to Council President Jennifer Campbell.

“Public access will be allowed up to the bait shop and café, and only emergency vehicles will be allowed when necessary. In addition, the pier will need to close during very high tides,” the city explained in a news release.

The iconic pier has been closed since January. It was damaged multiple times in recent years by high surf, necessitating a closure while crews assessed its condition and made repairs.

The announcement about the partial reopening came ahead of a 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday. Community members are invited to come share their thoughts on the future of the pier.

Campbell’s office says she is convening a community working group so residents can have a consistent forum for input. She will also host a community forum with city engineers and department staff in the coming weeks to discuss the most recent damage and repairs made, her office said.

“The news that the Ocean Beach Pier will be partially reopened on Friday is great news for everyone who loves this iconic San Diego landmark,” Mayor Todd Gloria said in a statement.  “I look forward to working with Council President Campbell and the community on a plan to fully reopen the pier.”

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