After Hurricane Sally hit Alabama’s Gulf Coast in 2020, the Gulf State Park Pier was in desperate need of repairs and renovation.
Beginning on November 12, that need will be realized.
“We are excited to announce this project to restore Gulf State Park Pier,” said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR).
“The pier provides quality recreational fishing for thousands of anglers each year. Once the work is completed, anglers and other park visitors will have full access to one of the premier fishing and sightseeing destinations on the Gulf Coast.”
Greg Lein, Director of ADCNR’s State Parks Division, is excited for the whole pier to reopen again.
“The pier partially reopened to fishing and sightseeing in 2021,” he said. “Since then, visitors have had access to half of the pier. We look forward to welcoming anglers and sightseers back to the full pier next summer.”
The renovation, which includes rebuilding a 200 foot section of the pier that collapsed, will be completed by M.D. Thomas Construction based out of Orange Beach. It is expected that the project will be finished by summer 2024.
While the pier is closed, anglers are encouraged to visit other fishing locations found along Alabama’s Gulf Coast such as Gulf State Park’s Alabama Point, Romar Beach and Cotton Bayou, and the Steve McMillan Fishing Pier and Boat Ramp at Fort Morgan.
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.