New fishing pier available at Whitaker Gateway Park

FEMA grant paid for about 65% of project

The new pier is open to the public at Whitaker Gateway Park in Sarasota. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

The City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled a new fishing pier at Whitaker Gateway Park, which is located just off U.S. 41 at 14t St.

“Built in 1996, the aging pier met its match with the intensity of Hurricane Irma,” which passed through the area in September 2017, City Manager Tom Barwin noted in his Feb. 14 newsletter. The old pier was removed from Sarasota Bay, he pointed out, and then new one was installed, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding almost 65% of the $49,500 project.

“To ensure the new structure is able to withstand the harsh elements, including intense sun, salt and water, the new deck is made of long-lasting composite as well as durable materials, including stainless steel bolts,” Barwin added.

“Whether you’re an angler, sunset seeker or just wanting to take in a serene moment on our beautiful Sarasota Bay, we hope you enjoy this updated amenity in our Parks and Recreation District,” Barwin wrote.