Structural problems close Cayucos Vets Hall

May 2, 2016
Cayucos Vets Hall

Cayucos Vets Hall

The Cayucos Veterans Memorial Lions Hall, a popular location for weddings and other events, appears to be closing due to structural problems found by building inspectors. The building is used on a daily basis by the Cayucos Lions Club, but San Luis Obispo County is responsible for managing the facility. [Tribune]

After building inspectors discovered structural issues, the county told the Lions Club it had to vacate the building. The Lions club packed up its belongings and left on Friday.

The Vets Hall hosts about 50 to 60 major events a year. A wedding scheduled for last weekend was cancelled, and the county has prohibited groups from scheduling new events in the building.

Dave Flynn, the county’s deputy director of public works, said there have been numerous add-ons to the Vets Hall, and many of them did not meet building standards. The stage, which is the part of the building that is in the worst shape, is already boarded off with sheets of plywood.

Building officials’ primary concern is how well the structure would withstand strong windstorms or earthquakes. Inspectors will examine the building on Monday and decide what repairs are needed and how much use can safely occur.

The Vets Hall is located at the foot of the Cayucos Pier, which recently closed for two years to undergo repairs. The pier repairs cost $3.5 million. Cayucos residents raised $230,000 of those funds.

Supervisor Bruce Gibson said the county will budget what it can for repairs to the Vets Hall, and it will seek grant funds. But, the community may have to do fundraising to cover a shortfall, Gibson said.

The state of California owns the Vets Hall, but a nearly 70-year-old agreement makes the county responsible for managing and upkeep of the building. The county has an agreement with the Lions Club that allows the organization to handle day-to-day operations.

The Lions Club charges $950 per event at the Vets Hall. Club officials say they use most of the revenue to maintain the building and spend leftover money on providing eye care and swim passes for local children.

It is common for 400 or more people to attend a weekend event at the Vets Hall. Most of the attendees stay at local motels and eat at local restaurants.

County building officials are expected to rule on the status of the building by late this week.


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12 Comments

  1. swampfrogge says:

    Who ever signed off on the additions that are now not up to standard needs to be fired and let them pay for the repairs. If they are already retired take the money out of their retirement.

    This is just getting to be beyond nuts. Aren’t you glad you voted Gibson back into office to hear things like this out of his mouth..

    DAN CARPENTER FOR SUPERVISOR

    (5) 17 Total Votes - 11 up - 6 down
  2. Jorge Estrada says:

    If the building has a history of 400 then limit the head count to 300 until the repairs are completed. A complete eviction seems very selective given the many other iffy structures
    in this county.

    (-4) 12 Total Votes - 4 up - 8 down
  3. horse_soldier says:

    “…numerous add-ons to the Vets Hall, and many of them did not meet building standards”, how does that happen when the county is responsible for managing the property?

    (30) 34 Total Votes - 32 up - 2 down
  4. Ben Daho says:

    “Government” People drive along government roads to get to our precious little town.

    (1) 5 Total Votes - 3 up - 2 down
  5. Pelican1 says:

    “Supervisor Bruce Gibson said the county will budget what it can for repairs to the Vets Hall, and it will seek grant funds. But, the community may have to do fundraising to cover a shortfall, Gibson said.”
    Bruce, why is it that when you want a raise, you simply vote yourself one, but when WE need something, WE have have to do fund raising? don’t you find this a bit one sided….WE wind up paying.

    (30) 38 Total Votes - 34 up - 4 down
    • Rambunctious says:

      You make an excellent points Pelican and I agree with you 100%. It’s never an issue when the public sector needs something but if the people need anything we just don’t have the funds. But I really have a soft spot for that building and I will be investigating where I can be of any help to get that hall back up and running safely. But you’re right; and I think Gibson could not care less about that old building…

      (17) 17 Total Votes - 17 up - 0 down
  6. fishrman says:

    A closure of the Cayucos Vet`s Hall will devastate the local economy, which is still reeling from economic harm caused by a 2 year closure of the pier…I sure hope Bruce Gibson can talk some sense to the “biggie littles” at County Building and Safety, and find a win/win solution.

    (9) 19 Total Votes - 14 up - 5 down
  7. Side_Show_Bob says:

    Government management at it’s best! They can’t even maintain their own facilities without surprise and now look to the public for more funding to fix what they have obviously deferred for years and years. I’m gonna guess the good ol’ boys responsible for overseeing these things have got a pretty sweet salary and are looking forward to their cushy pension when it’s time.

    (23) 35 Total Votes - 29 up - 6 down
    • shudacuda says:

      you took the words right out of my mouth.

      (13) 23 Total Votes - 18 up - 5 down
    • getreel says:

      Again, this building was modified in the 40’s and 50’s. We better start inspecting every public building that was built back then and start shutting them down. The place could probably stand for another 50 years, but once you know something might happen you are now on the hook.

      (0) 0 Total Votes - 0 up - 0 down

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