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Injunction filed to remove damaged Redington Shores fishing pier as soon as possible

Chunks of Redington Shores fishing pier missing
Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 13:51:54-05

REDINGTON SHORES, Fla. — The Redington Shores fishing pier sits in the Gulf of Mexico with at least two chunks missing from it.

"Dilapidated and dangerous" Redington Shores fishing pier could be demolished

An injunction has been filed in Pinellas County where officials are requesting the pier be taken down as soon as possible citing safety concerns.

The complaint filed states, "the Pier, in its present condition, represents a hazard to the public health, safety and welfare."

The injunction requests the courts to enter a temporary and permanent injunction against the owner to repair or remove it from the waters of Pinellas County as soon as possible.

The county would not comment on the case since it's in pending litigation, but the owner of the pier tells ABC Action News his hands are tied because he has no money to fix it.

Tony Antonius said by phone that he does not want the pier to be torn down, but the state is threatening to do so.

Antonius said it would be a price tag of up to half a million dollars for that state to move forward with doing so. He said he received a letter in December that he had 10 days to remove it, but it has since passed.

Antonius wants the zoning of the land he owns, that includes a parking lot, from recreational to residential so he can sell the land to developers.

He said as of now there is a lien against the property that he can't pay.