ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. (WWSB) - On Friday, Anna Maria Island Mayor Dan Murphy gave us an exclusive tour of the Anna Maria City Pier and the renovations for the beach front restaurant.
Jagged wood now covers the pier. It’s been a two-year, stop-and-go process to get the Anna Maria City Pier back to the way it was before Hurricane Irma in 2017.
“We will have this pier open ready for sightseers for fishermen etc,” Mayor Murphy said. “We should have everything that’s required out here on the pier for them to be comfortable."
But on Friday during the city commission meeting, officials rejected the leasing offer from the previous restaurant owner.
“The restaurant and bait shop we will have to review RFPs as we receive them. We anticipate that process being completed between February-March or April time frame where we’ll actually select a tenant,” Murphy explained.
He says the pier will hopefully be open to the public by the end of the month.