A spokesperson from the Los Angeles Deparment of Recreation and Parks tells us the Venice Beach Pier will be temporarily closed due to the high surf expected over the weekend (story).
The Los Angeles County Beaches & Harbors lifeguards recommend the pier remain closed until at least Friday.
Engineers will take a look the structural plans of the pier and surf conditions before deciding whether or not to allow the public to use the space.
Pier was reopened at 1pm today (9/2/11). See the waves in this CNN video.