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California city has plan to remove surf gang's illegal fort

Considered Southern California's premier big-wave surf spot,  waves at Lunada Bay can reach up to 20 feet overhead in the winter months.
Considered Southern California's premier big-wave surf spot, waves at Lunada Bay can reach up to 20 feet overhead in the winter months.
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Considered Southern California's premier big-wave surf spot,  waves at Lunada Bay can reach up to 20 feet overhead in the winter months.
View of Lunada Bay from the Southeast bluff.
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Considered Southern California's premier big-wave surf spot,  waves at Lunada Bay can reach up to 20 feet overhead in the winter months.
A map of Palos Verdes Estates. Lunada Bay is at the West-most point of the the map.
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Officials in Rancho Palos Verdes Estates have drawn up a plan to remove an illegal beach structure used by territorial surfers accused of harassing anyone else who tries to ride the waves in a local bay.

Tony Dahlerbruch, city manager of Palos Verdes Estates, recommends tearing down the crudely built covered deck following pressure from the state Coastal Commission and the arrival of a geo-technical report that confirmed removal will not cause erosion of a nearby bluff.

The plan is one of the agenda items for Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The agenda and the report can be seen here, under the section of "new business."

Surfers in the area known as the "Lunada Bay Boys" are accused of using intimidation to keep others out. The Coastal Commission targeted the un-permitted structure after renewed reports that drinking there fueled the surfers' ongoing bullying.