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Construction begins on new Anna Maria Pier after Hurricane Irma damage

Projected to open in 2020
Posted: 12:56 PM, Feb 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-04 18:19:32-05
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ANNA MARIA, Fla. — Crews have started construction on the new Anna Maria Pier, the historic structure which was devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

“There was significant structural damage it just wasn’t safe,” said City Commissioner Brian Seymour.

The new pier will be a mixture of wood and concrete.

“We are trying to build if for an eighty plus year lifespan,” said Seymour.

The $4.5 million project will be done by the end of 2019 and the pier should reopen to the public in early 2020. It will look similar to the old pier.

The new pier will have a bait shop and restaurant.

"I’m hoping everyone will come to love this pier and it will become iconic for future generations,” said Seymour.