Old engraved pier planks will soon border Anna Maria’s City Pier Park.
Anna Maria commissioners met July 11 for a special meeting to consider a prototype fence built using the engraved planks removed from the city pier after it was deemed destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.
The engraved planks were sold and installed as part of the City Pier Centennial in 2010-11 in a partnership by the City Pier Restaurant and The Islander newspaper.
Commissioner Doug Copeland made the motion to approve construction of the fence at City Pier Park across from the city pier at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard, and Commissioner Dale Woodland seconded the motion.
The vote to approve was 4-0, with Commissioner Carol Carter absent with excuse.
“I’d like to get these planks out and back in the public eye as soon as possible,” Commission Chair Brian Seymour said.
Anna Maria’s public works department built the prototype the week of July 1 and now will continue the construction around the perimeter of the park.
Mayor Dan Murphy estimated the cost at $2,000, excluding labor.