We're going to be out at the pier this Saturday for the Grand Opening Festivities!
Check out Nels Johnson's article in the MarinIJ -
'I caught two yesterday,' said Nelson Avalos as he fished for striped bass from McNears Beach Park pier in San Rafael, which has reopened after a barge struck it in January 2008. (IJ photo/Frankie Frost)
Two years later, McNears Beach pier reopens
The San Pablo Bay pier was badly damaged on Jan. 4, 2008 by a 270-foot barge that broke free during a big storm.
San Rafael-area Supervisor Susan Adams will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting celebration at 9 a.m., and park rangers will loan fishing gear to residents who want to try their luck for sturgeon, striped bass and halibut. Although a license is required to fish from a boat and from shore, no license is needed from the pier.
Adams is expected to make brief remarks, and coffee and bagels will be served, according to Chris Branham, county parks and open space superintendent.
"The pier has certainly been missed by families and fishermen and we are excited to have it once again open to the public as a cherished community asset," Adams said.