MANATEE COUNTY ,Fla. (WWSB) - For more than a year now the Anna Maria Island City Pier has been under construction since becoming damaged in Hurricane Irma two years ago to date.
The pier was expected to open in the next three to four month but now it could be pushed back. The city’s mayor says a barge with supplies for the pier’s general contractor, I+Icon Southeast, lost control due to the wind and waves and hit the pier this week, damaging it.
Mayor Dan Murphy says right now the damage looks pretty minor but he won’t be able to know for sure until later this week.
“At this point we don’t know the total extent of the damage, we don’t know if it’s going to impact our schedule of opening the pier to the public in December to January time frame however we have divers coming in from Texas. They should be here tomorrow.”
Those divers will be under water checking the pilings, which are the beams holding up the pier.
Mayor Murphy says he hopes it’s no more than two damaged. If more it could take more time to complete the pier.
Repairs to any damage are being paid by the contractor.