Demolition begins on beach patio used by territorial surfers

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) A Southern California city has begun demolishing an illegal shoreline patio used by surfers who are accused of aggressively keeping outsiders away.

A helicopter was used Monday to lower workers and equipment to the elaborate stone structure at Lunada Bay below the steep ocean cliffs of Palos Verdes Estates.

Pressure to remove the decades-old structure recently increased amid allegations of thuggish behavior by locals to keep other surfers out of the bay.

Critics have claimed in a lawsuit that a murky group known as the Lunada Bay Boys used it as an observation point to spy on arriving outsiders then harass them when they reached the shore.

Many residents deny the group exists.

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