Every since the new Dan Russell Pier opened at the beginning of July in Panama City Beach, anglers and spectators alike have flocked down the double fly-away plank path to the end to enjoy being 1500 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. Under construction for a little more than 12 months, the City Pier (as it is known to some) cost around $8 million and was funded by a FEMA grant that was awarded after it was irreparably damaged during a hurricane a few years ago.
Hit the read more link for pictures and video of the ongoing construction and numbers on how many people have been on the pier.
The plan all along was to have amenities to accompany the new pier. At the old pier, the city operated a bait and tackle and gift shop at the foot next to Front Beach Road. That’s all been torn down, but something new is coming.
On schedule for completion by Memorial Day 2010, the pilings are being pounded for a new bait and tackle shop, snack shop, permanent ticket booth and public restrooms. I haven’t seen the renderings yet, but I would assume that the architectural design will be beachy, reminiscent of the old structures and complimentary to Pier Park. Talking with Paul Casto with the City of Panama City Beach, he was telling me that, since July, around 125,000 people have walked out on the pier. Out of that 125,000 approximately 1 out of 6 people are fishing. To date, they have brought in over $300,000 in fee revenue. // http://tweetreel.com/js/embed_480.js