The fishing pier at Ft. Clinch, which was significantly damaged by Hurricane Matthew, is being removed at a cost of about $2 million, according to Jason Mahon, public information specialist for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee. The DEP oversees and manages state parks and the trails system.
According to Mr. Mahon, the pier has to be taken down due to public safety and environmental concerns. He said by email Tuesday the park service has plans to replace the pier and will proceed with design and permitting in the next fiscal year.
“We will be able to estimate the cost of replacing the pier after the design and permitting process is complete,” he said.
The half-mile long pier near the fort along the St. Marys inlet has been closed since the storm in October. Work started late last month.
Mr. Mahon did not provide information on how long the removal project will take.
Fernandina Beach Commissioner Len Kreger announced the start of the removal project last week. According to Mr. Kreger, all debris will be removed by barge and no work will be performed at night.