🎵 Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind 🎵
And the sign said — PIER CLOSED
These signs have been “blocking out the scenery” of the number one attraction in Manatee County since September 2017. The Anna Maria City Pier, built in 1911 has been battered over the years by storms, but the significant damage from Hurricane Irma caused its closure. A short time following, and after an extensive review, the Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Anna Maria voted for a new pier to be built that looks exactly like the old one. The restaurant and bait shop that sit at the end of the pier will look exactly the same as well. The new pier will feature the latest in construction techniques using concrete pilings and Kebony hardwood decking and siding. It will be the same length, 776 feet long and has been designed to last 75 to 100 years.
While the signs are still there, the scenery has changed. On Monday, July 9 the demolition process began with the removal of the metal roof and the remaining contents inside the vacant restaurant and bait shop. Wednesday, July 11 the scene was of a demolition area with two barge-mounted excavators docked alongside the vacant pier building with the restaurant and bait shop building still standing. The following day, Thursday, July 12 the scene changes again when the restaurant and bait shop building at the pier’s end are demolished. Within the next week or two a local crew are scheduled to remove the remaining engraved wooden pier planks.
These planks will be stored and used later to build memorial walls at a nearby park. Once the engraved planks are removed the main pier structure will be demolished and then the existing wooden pier pilings will be removed. The demolition is expected to end in the mid September with the building of the platform expected to start late August 2018 and conclude July 2019. Work on the bait shop and restaurant is scheduled to begin in April 2019 with all work to be completed by December 2019.
The end of an era, the beginning of a new one.
The community, residents, visitors and people from all over the world have memories of the old Anna Maria City Pier and if everything goes according to plan, by the end of next year they will be making new ones.
While the signs might be Blockin out the scenery, the scenery is changing and the signs will too!
Stay tuned 🎵with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
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