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Vandals Destroy Fishing Pier at Boulder Beach

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Park officials said vandalism has been a big problem lately at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Park officials said vandalism has been a big problem lately at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

LAS VEGAS -- Park officials said vandalism has been a big problem lately at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The vandalism has gotten so bad on a pier in Boulder Beach that it is no longer safe to use.

David Hughey, a field operations supervisor at the national park, has worked at Lake Mead for 15 years.

"You see how it's loose and just comes apart there," he said, showing the damage on the pier. "All that needs to come apart and be fixed. We have to raise it the rest of the way out the water so we can raise it up and replace this planking."

Although he fixes things for a living, he's not sure if the real problem at the lake can be fixed.

"This is the sad part," he said. "It makes no sense for them to destroy something for their use."

Hughey's team had to pull the pier at Boulder Beach up the shore and tape it off.

There's a hole in the planking and large chunks of the aluminum railing missing.

"We have copper theft and, basically, metal theft is a big thing right now," said Chris Raynolds, a law enforcement ranger for the park service. "With the price of it, people can turn it in and make money. That's one of our real hard things that we're trying to crack down on."

Raynolds said it is not only people trying to make a quick buck. Some people, he said, are trashing the park and spraying graffiti for their own amusement.

Park visitors said they were appalled.

"It's wrong," said Tedd Camp of Detroit. "These places are here for everyone's enjoyment and I think it's a little selfish people (are) destroying things."

Added kayaker Michelle Nordstrom, "(It's) a lack of respect, a lack of values, and obviously they need to find something better to do with their time."

Damages for the pier are estimated at $6,000.

Hughey said he'll make the repairs because he refuses to give up on people.

"If we didn't have faith that the majority of people coming out here are good and want to keep this so their kids and grandkids can enjoy it, we'd go do a job somewhere else," he said.

The pier will be closed for about two weeks for repairs.

The fishing piers at Willow Beach and Katherine Landing remain open. Fishing is also allowed from shorelines or boats.

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