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Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from " The Pier Life Magazne"

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:49 pm
by Navarrebeacher
Navarre Beach Pier History from "The Fishng Pier Life" publication

Originally constructed in 1974, the Navarre Beach Pier has been a staple of this community for almost forty years. Boasting sales upwards of $265,900 a year, this pier is not only a great fishing spot, but it is also a place for families to spend a lazy day together. Back in the seventies, the pier measured an amazing 1,450 feet, but today, it stretches to a remarkable 1,545 feet. As a testament to its strength, Navarre Pier has survived three major hurricanes since the mid 1990’s.

The “T” section of the pier was completely destroyed in September 1995 when Hurricane Opal barreled through the panhandle of Florida. The damage was so extensive that the end of the pier had to be replaced and the pier store was relocated to protect it from future storms. Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis blasted through in 2004 and 2005, respectively, and forced the Santa Rosa county officials to construct an entirely new pier1. Some would say that these two hurricanes can be thanked for giving Navarre Beach a new, state-of-the-art pier that locals and visitors will be able to enjoy for many, many years to come.
The newly constructed Navarre Beach Pier opened to the public on June 5, 2010. After five long years of back-breaking work, this pristine pier has loads of new features to make it not only sturdier, but more resilient to future hurricanes. For example, the original “T” shape at the end of the pier is now an octagonal shape with a surface area pushing 3,800 square feet. The deck of the pier has over 800 breakaway boards built into it to help the integrity of the pier during high wave action during hurricanes. If high waves start to pound on the pier, these boards are made to detach themselves from the pier to help relieve the pressure, and therefore, saving the rest of the pier from extensive damage.

Also, the deck height has been raised to 30 feet to prevent waves from spilling over the top of the pier during all but the strongest of hurricanes. At last but not least, the pilings were even constructed at a 20 degree angle to help maintain structural stability during intense storms. These are just a few of the new features that you will get to see when you and your family visit the new Navarre Beach Pier!
Not only does the pier have a new look, but it is also safe for the environment. Navarre Pier is equipped with over 90 low wattage bulbs and concrete bollards to help protect sea turtles nesting in their natural habitats around the pier. The Santa Rosa County official website also pledges to keep the wildlife around the pier as undisturbed as possible by making sure guests know the proper steps to take in order to keep the wildlife flourishing in this part of the Gulf. It states that “signs are posted with safe fishing guidelines for the protection of sea turtles, birds and dolphins.

Re: Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from " The Pier Life Magazne"

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:01 pm
by Navarrebeacher ... NBpier.pdf
This gives more intersting details of the Navarre Beach Fishng pier background and a few years of vistor count and revenue received per year. It is interestng to know that the NB Pier was built by Private enterprise in 1974 and given to SRC free.
Also this SRC Web site shows some interesting pictures from the old pier and wave surge action that eventually rendered the Pier beyond restoration and repair.

Re: Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from " The Pier Life Magazne"

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:02 pm
by David
It is interestng to know that the NB Pier was built by Private enterprise in 1974 and given to SRC free.
Actually, not in 1974 (when built originally) and not exactly free.

Because of extensive damage to the pier by Hurricane Opal in 1995, the developer of Summerwinds eventually agreed to reconstruct the pier and pier house, out of his pocket, for the County. He got the lease and a direct view of the pier to help sell the 3rd building's units and more than a few were bought by out of town fishermen that frequented the pier.

He completed construction of the pier in 2000 and the County shortly afterwards allowed the State, at no charge or % of gate, to operate it as part of the Navarre Beach Florida State Park until damage of Ivan and Dennis convinced the State to give operation of the Park back to the County.

From the SRC site:
The pier was privately owned until April
2000, when the developer from Summerwinds gave
ownership to Santa Rosa County as a condition of a lease
modification. This changed the pier to public ownership,
which made it eligible for FEMA funding for any future storm

Re: Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from " The Pier Life Magazne"

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:05 pm
by Navarrebeacher
David my info was copied from the SRC Web site and the article in "The Pier Life". My personal presence on NB were only as a user of HWY 399 in 1961-62 when the bridge first opened. Then I was away from NB until 1991 when I returned as a visitor, then a property leaseholder and for a period of a few years a full time resident.
It would be intersting to know who built the original pier, how it was managed, repaired and operated from that original construction time to the present. ... NBpier.pdf
Any more detailed History of Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, would be interesting and appreciated. 8)