Equipment Vandalized During Demolition of Surfers’ Fort in Lunada Bay

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A stone fort constructed by locals at Lunada Bay will need to be demolished or undergo rigorous permitting procedures, the California Coastal Commission said on July 12, 2016. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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Trucks and equipment used to demolish a stone shelter built by territorial surfers on Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates have been severely vandalized at the work site, authorities said Thursday.

According to police, vandals Tuesday night scratched the paint of several trucks in a staging area, slashed fabric containers used to carry debris and set fire to equipment stored at the structure, including an air compressor used to power jackhammers.

The trucks and equipment were being used by Ampco Contracting Inc., a demolition company that received a $61,000 contract from Palos Verdes Estates to raze the shelter located on Rocky Point adjacent to one of the best big wave spots in California.

City officials have condemned the incident, and police are investigating. No arrests have been made so far, authorities said.

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