24 Jun Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier Set to Reopen Saturday, June 26
by Katie King |Katie@ewbullock.com
Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier Set to Reopen Saturday, June 26
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (June 24, 2021) — Escambia County Public Works and the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) are pleased to announce the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier on Casino Beach will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 26 at 6 a.m. The pier will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The 1,471-foot Gulf-side fishing pier was significantly damaged from Hurricane Sally last September and has been closed while the county worked with FEMA. After an onsite meeting with FEMA representatives, the county received approval to move forward with temporary repairs in June, and those repairs are now complete.“I’d like to thank Escambia County public works and parks and recreation personnel for working so quickly to make these temporary repairs once we received approval from FEMA to move forward,” said Chairman and District 4 County Commissioner Robert Bender. “With the Pensacola Bay Bridge recently reopening, I’m ecstatic that there is easier access to this amenity for folks to enjoy on Pensacola Beach.”
The Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier hosts an on-site bait and tackle shop at the base of the pier where those wishing to fish can rent or purchase gear.The pier sells daily passes and charges separately for observers versus those fishing. For pricing, click here. PLEASE NOTE: Due to a national coin shortage, only exact cash transactions will be accepted at this time. Credit card and debit card transactions are also accepted.
“We look forward to seeing all the anglers and sightseers return to our iconic Gulf pier,” said Leigh Davis, Executive Director of the SRIA. “If you haven’t experienced it, a stroll to the end of the pier offers amazing views of the marine life below and also makes for a spectacular spot to watch the sunset.”
About the Santa Rosa Island Authority
Pensacola Beach is owned by Escambia County, Fla., and is under the direction of the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA). The SRIA was created by the Florida legislature in 1947 under Chapter 24500. The SRIA does not receive tax support from the taxpayers of the county. It is fully funded from lease fees collected from business and residences on the beach. The Island Authority board is made up of six members; five are named by members of the Escambia County Board of Commissioners whose term is the same as the commissioner who appointed them. Registered voters on Pensacola Beach elect the sixth member. The elected member’s term is two years.