Having been under construction for the better part of 18 months, the new City Pier, Russell-Fields Pier is open for business. The new 1,500 foot pier, located right across from Pier Park opened at first light yesterday to a line of fisher-persons ready to catch anything from Bonita to King Mackeral to sharks. One onlooker said they spotted a 6 footer lurking around the pilings waiting for a stray crippled fish to gobble up.
I won’t go into too many details on the pier, as we’ve covered that, but I will say that it is long, very awesome, and super great to have it back. I promise, I won’t neglect you new pier, I promise I’ll visit you often!
If you want to fish, the cost is $6 per person, but if you just want to walk out, the cost is $2 with kids 6 and under getting in for free. The pier is open today, but will close sometime right after sunset for the fireworks display.
I was out there yesterday and they were getting all the fireworks set up, arranging the firing tubes in neat rowes. “The layout is perfect and the setup is just right,” said “Yankee” Scot Fischer, one of the “technicians” setting up the array of explosives. He was commenting on the rows of “blow-out” panels that are unique to this particular design of the pier. They seemed to be the perfect width. I’ll have more pictures next week of the setup as I’ll be back out there today.