Work on AM pier walkway to begin

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Seventy pilings for the T-end of the new Anna Maria City Pier pierce the surface of Tampa Bay March 1, while a work barge makes its way back from Hillsborough County loaded with 60 piles for the pier walkway. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

There’s progress being made on the water.

Pile-driving for the new Anna Maria City Pier walkway began March 4.

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said the i+iconSOUTHEAST work barge returned March 2 loaded with 60 12-inch diameter concrete pilings for the walkway.

Icon took the barge to a shipyard in Hillsborough County to load more pilings after workers finished driving 70 T-end piles Feb. 21.

Murphy said the contractor discovered obstructions in the bay for five T-end pilings — broken, buried wood piles that remained from the old pier blocked the new piles as they were being driven.

So new T-end piles were repositioned and driven, according to the mayor. He said the repositioned pilings would be addressed in the plans during placement of the concrete top deck on the T-end.

The 776-foot dock walkway will be supported by 136 pilings, more than two-thirds of the 206 pilings planned for the structure.

Work driving walkway pilings began at the shore and will move east toward the T-end. When pile-driving is finished, Icon will install a concrete deck topped with ipe decking at the T-end and wood bents on the walkway.

The bents will shoulder the load of the ipe walkway.

The city’s contract with Icon requires the contractor to complete the walkway and T-end by Aug. 26 or pay a $975 penalty for every workday after.

Murphy said Icon remained on schedule to finish pile-driving this month, with the contractor driving seven-eight piles a day in Tampa Bay.

The city does not yet have a request for proposals to construct the restaurant and bait shop at the T-end.

3 thoughts on “Work on AM pier walkway to begin

  1. Rob Rotheram

    We come from U.K. to Anna Maria every October –our paradise for 2 weeks. We are getting on in years and said that this would probably be our last visit , but if the bait shop and restaurant aren’t finished by this Oct. then we will probably push ourselves to return in 2020 to see the completed pier for the last time. Hopefully the structure design will be in keeping with the rest of you beautiful island.

  2. Jackie kielbania

    Please finish restaurant and bait shop as soon as possible. If it could be finished by Jan 2020 next years visitors could definitely pass the word and the pier end would once again have the attention it deserves. The pier movies and farmers market were a great idea but the pier restaurant is desperately needed as it is a meeting,gathering place for visitors to enjoy.. The comraddery is a vital part of a vacationers enjoyment and memories.

  3. Dana Krupa

    Would it be possible for the Islander to promote a design competition for the restaurant and bait shop at the T-end of the AMI pier?
    It seems like this would be the perfect time, since Anna Maria Island is essentially starting off with a clean slate. Why stay with the same-old same-old, when a better, innovative design would reflect the Florida island culture.


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