Piers, Jetties and Rocks

Piers, Jetties and Rocks

Wood and Rock Jetty
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Wood and Rock Jetty

When you come to our beaches, you will see a variety of man-made structures.  These include large concrete piers, smaller concrete jetties surrounded by rocks, and wooden trestle-like jetties built to contain large boulders and rocks.  These structures were built in the 1950s for "beach retention," or to help maintain the conditions of the beach.

 

Unfortunately, these structures have been eroded over the years, and in some cases, they have become unsafe.  These concrete and wooden structures, along with the rocks that surround them, are not safe to walk on, climb on or swim near.  Waves, currents and the marine life (barnacles, oysters etc) that grows on these structures can easily lead to injury.

 

Please pay attention to the signage on these structures, the barricades that are erected on some of the larger piers and, most importantly, the direction of the lifeguards.  If you hear a whistle, stop what you are doing and look for the lifeguard; he or she may be trying to steer you away from trouble.