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Jax Beach Mayor: Pier May Need Another Year Of Work Before Reopening

The Jacksonville Beach Pier is pictured in August of 2020.
HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS
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The Jacksonville Beach Pier is pictured in August of 2020.

From the new Margaritaville resort, to the Jax Beach Town Center, to the remodeling of the classic Beach Bowl, improvements are happening in Jacksonville Beach - all good signs of economic growth for retail and restaurants, despite the pandemic.

On First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Wednesday, Jacksonville Beach Mayor Christine Hoffman was asked when the pier might reopen. Hoffman thought it could be another year.

Although the pier is owned by the city of Jacksonville, she is going to advocate for Jacksonville Beach taking over its management.

“It’s a tourist destination but it’s also used very regularly every morning by fishermen in our community, so I think we can make that a more welcoming, inviting and accessible place for people to visit or to utilize as a fishing pier.”

The pier’s been closed for repairs since November 2019 as part of a nearly $10 million dollar taxpayer-funded project.  

The entire interview with Hoffman can be heard on Thursday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, which encores at 8 p.m. on WJCT News news 89.9.

Michelle Corum can be reached at mcorum@wjct.org, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.

Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and has worked in public broadcasting as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan. She also manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired listeners.