A Long Beach resident named William sent me the following message and photos:
The Long Beach Maintenance division right now is simply chopping up the ornate 1932 boardwalk railing into lengths which fit into their trucks and carting it off. Someone in charge at the site (immediately West of the Carnival Ice Cream store and the bathrooms) just lied to me and said the railing is rusty and corroded, trying to deflect my questions when I asked why didn’t the City try to preserve it. The railing is beautiful, in great condition (I saw and took pictures of the pipes cuts), and costs much less than whatever will be in its place. Assuming the replacement will be like the beach side railing, the soft aluminum will warp (unlike the 70 year old one) too. The railing removed is worth a lot in scrap metal, but nothing compared to the value just cut up and destroyed for no reason.
Lastly, the ornate railing is one of the last visual links to the past history of Long Beach, it should be saved or at least cut out so that it may be reused as railing elsewhere along the boardwalk and not cut up into convenient pieces for a couple of bucks a pound like a metal thief you would read about who got caught stealing it for scrap.