The Jacksonville Beach Pier Reopened Today
After a year and a half of repairs, 625 feet of the Jacksonville Beach Pier is back open. The remainder is still under redesign and is. Hurricane Matthew destroyed 350ft. in 2016. New railings have been replaced along with the walkways.
The beach pier had closed indefinitely due to damage sustained during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and additional damage from Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Time estimates for rebuilding the pier have consistently been between 18 months and two years from hurricane to completion. That placed the estimated completion date between May 2018 and October 2018.
The Jacksonville Beach Pier was designed to withstand 130 MPH winds or a Category 3 hurricane. Part of the initial delay in rebuilding the pier was determining what went wrong. The City of Jacksonville will not release the full study, but it appears it was an error in the construction.
It is only $3 for fisherman because not all of the pier is back open and only $1 to access. There is not a saltwater license required to fish on the pier.