After sustaining significant damage from hurricanes Matthew and Irma, a much loved Jacksonville landmark is set to reopen this week. Nearly half, approximately 625 ft., of the Jacksonville Beach Pier will open to the public Thursday morning.
“Following both storms, my administration’s goal was to do everything we could to help our city and its citizens get back to normal, and back to the business of everyday life,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “The Jacksonville Beach Pier is no exception, as it is a big part of Jacksonville and our local beach culture. I am pleased we are able to reopen a portion of the pier now, and remain committed to reopening the remainder of the pier in the future.”
The portion of the pier reopening is from the seawall to bent No. 17. Fees include $1 for access and $3 for fishing. In addition, pier users can purchase concessions at the vendor shop which is also reopening. Fishing bait and fishing equipment rentals are also available. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Construction on the pier began late last year and included replacement of the deck and guardrail. The remainder of the pier is currently under analysis for developing design criteria.