Jetty Park pier reopens after Hurricane Irma damage is fixed – Florida Today
The Malcolm McLouth fishing pier reopened Friday after extensive repairs following Hurricane Irma.(Photo: Port Canaveral)
Most of the popular fishing pier at Port Canaveral’s Jetty Park reopened Friday after being closed for three months due to damage from Hurricane Irma.
“There were fishermen already on there” shortly after the Malcolm McLouth Fishing Pier reopened, said Steve Linden, Port Canaveral’s director of communications and public affairs. “People love it.”
Among the fish that typically are caught from the pier are bluefish, mangrove snapper, pompano and sheepshead, Linden said.
The repairs included new aluminum rails that replaced damaged wooden rails along the 920-foot lower pier; 40 new light fixtures and accompanying wiring with lighting of the type that does not interfere with sea turtle nesting; and new fish-cleaning stations.
The total cost of the project was $212,000, which will be paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the port’s insurance company. The contractor on the project was Canaveral Construction Co.
A smaller upper section of the pier remains closed, awaiting repairs, Linden said.
Hurricane Irma total damages: In all, Port Canaveral sustained about $2.9 million in damages from Hurricane Irma, which passed through Florida on Sept. 10 and 11.
Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said the biggest financial cost is about $1.5 million to repair extensive erosion on the south side of eastbound lanes of State Road 528, at the western edge of port property. Two other areas of damage on port property were in the Jetty Park area, and the “mostly superficial” cosmetic damage at Cruise Terminal 8, which is