The Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach is officially open. City officials cut the ribbon to open the pier to the public at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Rotten Ralph's on the Pier Waterfront Restaurant is expected to open Wednesday or Thursday this week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The pier, 200 Bridge St., has undergone a $2.2 million reconstruction, adding a new restaurant, harbor master office, tackle shop, rest rooms and a floating dock. Ironically, the dock was roped off for the opening ceremonies due to an errant sailboat that struck the dock and pier after it broke its mooring during a storm the night before. A grand opening for the restaurant is planned for Oct. 25, according to Loretta Russell of Rotten Ralph's, also located in Anna Maria. Pictured, from left, are Commissioner Bill Shearon, Commissioner Janie Robertson, Mayor John Chappie and Commissioner Mike Pierce. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
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