SARASOTA (WWSB) - The Venice Municipal Fishing Pier is expected to close in the next two weeks for renovations. The project is expected to last 90 days, as the city hopes to improve this popular spot, to a safe and enjoyable destination.
“It’s just a lovely place it’s a big family right here,” said Donoven Dincescs, who has been catching fish at the fishing pier all his life. He says he made so many friends and fond memories at the place he calls his second home.
“Everyone is welcoming here,” he said. “Most of the people here want to help you, everyone helps each other different things.”
Starting on May 13th, his second home will begin getting a face lift. The City of Venice is preparing to close parts of the pier, in order to start reconstruction. What they plan to do: remove and replace all the deck and railing material with Brazilian Walnut Wood. Also, upgrade the pier lights with turtle friendly under handrail lights.
While parts of pier, starting from the bait shop to seaward will be closed first, some fishing fans say they’re okay having their favorite spot close temporarily.
“I’m excited for the changes,” said Griffin Dye, Venice resident. “Hopefully they drench the sand and make it a little bit deeper because the deeper water will bring in more fish. It’ll be nice to have new boards because as you can see this pier has been here for years.”
They say the pier was closed for two months after it was damaged by Hurricane Irma. They hope to find a whole lot of fish once that pier is back open again.
“The structure brings a lot of big fish such as shark, king fish, snug fish, tarpon,” said Dye.
The city will be holding an informational meeting on Monday May 6 at 9 a.m. under the canopy on the south side of Sharky’s restaurant, near the Venice Municipal Fishing Pier.