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Residents concerned over homeless gathering under Ocean Beach Pier

Posted at 6:59 AM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 17:18:35-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Ocean Beach residents told 10News they want something to be done to keep homeless people from gathering under the OB Pier.

Residents who live near the famous pier said they have seen homeless people smoking drugs or in possession of drug paraphernalia -- actions that they feel are stopping families from being able to enjoy the area.

“It was terrible. It was like looking at LA’s Skid Row right under our pier,” resident Chris Reefer said after he checked out the activity Thursday.

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Some residents said they contacted San Diego Police, but nothing was done and the homeless people remained at the pier.

A spokesperson for the city’s Community Policing Division told 10News officers spoke to the people under the pier on Thursday and offered them access to shelter and services, but they refused.

Officers informed them that they could not set up an encampment or sleep in the area, according to the spokesperson.

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Reefer hopes the recurring issues will prompt more police presence because he just wants the beach to be clean and safe.

“People can go to La Jolla, Del Mar, and they won’t see this,” Reefer said.