The Santa Monica
Pier is three days into a one year, $8.5 million renovation. The project
will replace pilings, install a new trestle bridge and restore the timber
decking to return the pier into a true boardwalk.
construction shuts down on weekends, but that hasn't completely assuaged the
concerns of businesses on the pier that the project with all the noise, dust
and heavy equipment will chase the crowds away.