Fishing pier at Whitaker Gateway Park in City of Sarasota being replaced with more durable structure

Park remains open to the public

The fishing pier at Whitaker Gateway Park has been in need of significant repairs, Sarasota city staff has pointed out. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota

Because of age and damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, the fishing pier at Whitaker Gateway Park on Sarasota Bay is being replaced, Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin reminded the public in his Jan. 10 newsletter.

“The old pier has been removed and the contractor will soon begin to drive pilings for the new construction,” he wrote. “To help extend the life of the new pier,” he continued, durable materials will be used, including stainless steel bolts that will be less likely to corrode. Additionally, the deck will be constructed from a long-lasting composite material “consisting of reclaimed wood and plastic,” Barwin noted.

ÓThe park itself will remain open during the pier construction, Barwin pointed out. “We anticipate the new pier will be open for anglers and sunset seekers by late February,” he wrote.

“In the meantime, the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier adjacent to the Ringling Bridge is open and free to the public,” he added, as well as piers on City Island.

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