Portion Of Jacksonville Beach Landmark Could Reopen In Fall

May 17, 2017

Jacksonville Beach Pier was damaged during Hurricane Matthew.
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Repairs to the Jacksonville Beach Pier, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Mathew in October, is expected to take at least two years to complete, but city officials said Wednesday they hope part of the landmark will reopen this fall.

RS&H, the design firm chosen to repair the pier, continues to assess damage to the structure, which has been closed since 350 feet of it was washed away during the storm.

City Councilman Bill Gulliford said while it might take up to two years to complete the entire repair project, portions of the pier near the shore could open as early as the fall.

“We’re not going to open any portion of it if there are any unsafe conditions,” Gulliford said.  “If it’s open it will be available for full use.”

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