After The Sun Goes Down, The Magic Begins
I wasn't expecting much in the way of a brilliant sunset. I could see a thick layer of marine fog towards the horizon. That's going to block the sun from projecting its red rays onto the clouds overhead. Sure enough, that's what happened.
No matter, there are still other opportunities to make a great photo. Instead of using the wide-angle, I put on my zoom lens and tried to capture the end of the pier, the area with the most lights. By stopping down to f/16 I was able to create the starburst effect. I was bracketing my shots, intending to create an HDR later, but this image below came out pretty nice, with only some minor exposure and color tweaking.
I got my feet wet (literally) on the way to taking this photograph (by the way, photo tip: When shooting at the beach, have spare socks and spare shoes in the car if you can).