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Mr. Alice:

What is the longest pier in California? I've heard that it is the O.B. municipal fishing pier.

-- Orville, Ocean Beach

Have some bait stuck in your ear at the time, Orville? Anyway, you heard wrong. The pier at Santa Cruz is more than half a mile long, 2745 feet to be exact. The infamous O.B. pier is about 2000 feet, though only 1950 of that is over water. Nineteen-fifty is the same length as Santa Barbara's Stearns Wharf. Santa Monica is not quite 2000, though only half of it is over water. Ocean Beach has the longest pier in the county, not the state. Oceanside is second at 1942 feet. Imperial Beach 1300, Scripps Institution 1100, Crystal Pier 800.

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