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Date of Issue: May 12, 2005

Bradenton Beach pier open to fishers, walkers

The Bradenton Beach City Pier reopened Saturday after being closed to the public for two months.

The pier was closed to the public due to safety concerns March 10. The pier’s restaurant was closed Sept. 10, 2004, after Hurricane Frances damaged the roof and prompted the city commission to enact a clause in the franchise agreement with restaurant operators Karen and Jake Gallo to terminate their lease.

A number of repairs were made to the pier to bring it into compliance with safety standards, including improvement of the rest rooms at a cost of about $3,800 and railing bolstering to the tune of about $1,000.

Still to come is the architectural renovation of the pier restaurant, which was determined to be out of compliance with city codes and an inspection report indicated the best step for the structure was demolition. O’Brien and Smith Architects of Bradenton Beach is conducting the architectural review of the pier building.

Cost of the revised scope of work is $17,886.