Port Canaveral's Jetty Park fishing pier reopens after weeks of hurricane repairs – Orlando Sentinel
Port Canaveral’s Jetty Park in Brevard County east of Orlando on Friday reopened its popular fishing pier, which had been closed since Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage.
Port spokesman Steven Linden said more than 900 feet of wooden handrails along the pier’s south side were wrecked beyond salvaging by Hurricane Irma.
That storm swept the Florida peninsula three months ago and made a mess along along both coasts. The pier, which opened in 1995, is exposed to the Atlantic Ocean.
The fishing pier suffered similar breakage when Hurricane Matthew pummeled Florida’s east coast two years ago, remaining over the Atlantic Ocean but still slamming communities with wind and waves.
In that case, more than 900 feet of wooden handrail along the pier’s north side was left unusable or unsafe.
Replacing handrails lost during Hurricane Irma cost $250,000, Linden said.
The new version of handrails is made of aluminum, the same as the previously replaced handrails, Linden said, and those escaped the wrath of Hurricane Irma unscathed.
Jetty Park is at the far east side of the port, which is best known for its cruise-ship traffic.
The park’s pier follows a rocky jetty along the south side of Canaveral Inlet. Some of the pier, however, juts into inlet waters.
That section also sustained handrail damage but has not yet been repaired and remains closed. Getting that section fixed will require another contractor who can utilize a specialized boat, Linden said.
The park doesn’t count the number of people who walk along the pier each year. However, the 35-acre park with camping and access to 4.5 acres of beach accommodates an estimated attendance of nearly 500,000 people annually.
Brevard County residents are charged $5 per day per car to visit the park, while out-of-county residents