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KCBX News' Central Coast Curious is an ongoing series for which we invite listeners to ask questions and the newsroom reports back with answers. Since we launched the series last year, we've received several questions asking, "when will the Avila Pier reopen?" The pier is currently now open about a third of the way, but it's uncertain when the entire pier will be accessible to visitors. 

Clara Knapp, KCBX News

When you first step on to the Cal Poly Research Pier in Avila Beach, you can barely see the university's facility a half-mile away.

“It is unique, I don’t think that there’s another structure like it along the entire west coast of the United States," said Dean Wendt, Director of the Cal Poly Center for Coastal Marine Sciences. "Things that people need to do on a ship sometimes can be done right from the end of our pier, last year about 1200 students took coursework out at the pier.”

Plans to build a large hotel next to the Pismo Beach pier are moving forward after a unanimous vote Tuesday night by the City Council.

The plans had previously been approved by the Planning Commission, but the project was appealed last month by residents forcing it to be heard by the council.

The 104-room hotel has plans for a rooftop pool, restaurant and commercial retail space. There is also a business center and convention space.

Underground parking remains part of the plan, but had some adjustments made by the council.

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The badly damaged Cayucos Pier is in line for a major makeover, and that process could start up relatively soon.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to approve a $1.7 million bid to demolish and reconstruct a large portion of that pier.

The bid was submitted by the Morro Bay-based company Associated Pacific Constructors, Inc., and a yes vote is recommended by the county's General Services Agency.

Developers looking to build a large hotel and convention center near the Pismo Beach Pier now have permission to start work on the project.

The city's planning commission voted unanimously in favor of the facility at Tuesday night's meeting.

The applicants, an investment group based in Santa Barbara, have approval to build a structure that contains a 104-unit hotel.

The designs also call for nearly 1800 square feet for retail shops, more than 2100 square feet of meeting space, and an underground parking garage. 

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A pair of storm systems brought several inches of much-needed rain to the Central Coast over the past several days. The mid-winter punch provided some measurable relief to the region's exceptional drought status, yet much more is needed.

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties saw the largest Central Coast rainfall totals, with some mountain areas receiving more than 14 inches of precipitation since Wednesday. Ojai topped the local cities with 6.21 inches recorded.