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Construction on Pier 60 Begins Next Week

2/8/2013 10:43:00 AM

Contact: Marine & Aviation Dept., (727) 462-6954

For Immediate Release

Feb. 8, 2013

Contact:

Heather Parsons

(727) 562-4708

Construction on Pier 60 Begins Next Week

Clearwater, Fla. -- The City of Clearwater will begin construction on Clearwater Beach's Pier 60 on Monday, Feb. 11. Construction will include repair of the concrete wearing surface along the walkway and the edges, replacement of all of the wood railings with composite material, and the construction of a catwalk around the bait shop.

"While there is no structural damage to the pier, several areas appear to have been hit by lightning and have pieces of concrete missing," says Gordon Wills, Operations Manager for the Marine and Aviation Department. "The wood has been rotated to extend its life, but now it's time to be replaced. The new material to be installed is guaranteed to last for 50 years and requires very little maintenance."

The pier will remain open during construction, and the Sunsets at Pier 60 daily and nightly festival will continue. The city is planning the construction work so it will impact the residents who attend the festival, as well as the vendors, as little as possible.

Pier 60, a Clearwater Beach icon, is a city-owned pier and provides a great place for people to fish. The pier was rebuilt in 1994 at a cost of more than $2.2-million with a bait house and six covered pavilions. It has a bait and gift shop, restrooms, and up-to-date tide and weather information. Pier 60 is open all year long. Last year, more than 183,000 visitors used the fishing pier at the end of Pier 60. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Oct. 1 to April 1, and 24 hours a day the rest of the year.

Construction is expected to last approximately six months, and current improvements are anticipated to cost $500,000. To learn more, call Gordon Wills at (727) 462-6954.

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