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Jacksonville Beach Pier is finally reopening

Ray Troncoso
The Jacksonville Beach Pier on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

The Jacksonville Beach Pier is finally reopening, years after it was battered by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville Beach Mayor Christine Hoffman have scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Wednesday to announce the pier's reopening.

Crews have rebuilt about two-thirds of the pier and raised it by 8 feet to protect from storm surge and future storms.

Hurricane Matthew destroyed the last 300 feet of the 1,300-foot pier in 2016, and Irma wreaked additional damage the next year.

The pier at one point reopened its first 625 feet to fishers and visitors, but the pier closed entirely in 2019.

The city of Jacksonville owns the pier, but it sits in Jacksonville Beach. The pier was used July Fourth to launch fireworks.