City Pier on Schedule

by December 8, 2008 • 4 comments

Good news! Construction of the City Pier at Pier Park (also known as the Dan Russell Pier) is on schedule. According to Sheryl Woodcock, with the public works department, the pier is 60% complete.

This is great news for everyone. The pier is beloved by locals because it is a great spot to cast a line and catch cobia, flounder, red fish, pompano, king mackerel (and more), and it is a great tourist attraction. The surrounding Aaron Bessant Park is one of the few areas on Front Beach Road with ample public parking and public access to the beach.

The pier is expected to open to the public in June of 2009.

The concrete pier is the longest pier along the Gulf of Mexico. Businesses at Pier Park will surely benefit from day visitors to the pier, as will area restaurants.

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1 Mac December 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Will Jimmy Buffet’s Margerettaville have a bar at the end as rumored?


2 Judy from Indiana December 31, 2008 at 1:29 am

How can you say there is “ample ” parking” at the pier? Ample, for the shoppers maybe.
Can you tell us where the fishermen and women are supposed to park? I know we won’t be all perfumed or all liquored up like the shoppers, but we do spend a lot of money on the actual fishing pier. It looks like we got the short end of the stick, when it comes to parking. It’s kind of hard to carry all your fishing stuff from a block away.
Looks like we have the little place off to the side by the handicap area to park. I guess we don’t measure up.


3 Marc Levesque January 7, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I think the pier is transforming more into a tourest attrasction. Fishers will certainly have access but it certainly will not be like before. I do remember walking through pier park before the construction when the entire road was filled with cars from pier patrons. I also remember several fish heads and other pieces while a trash can was a few yards away. Both side will certainly have an opinion on the developement of the park but no one can argue that there has been progress in general for the area.

Infusions like these are what is needed to help this area grow. There will always be those who resist change.


4 Gary January 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

I think the pier can be a fine attraction. People can walk on it and then go have another drink. They can walk on it and look in the water. 8 million dollars to look in the water!! Ill be going to a real pier in gulf shores. The 16 million dollar pier which will attract everyone just not the prissy. They will have rest rooms on it and picnic tables. They dont consider fishermen as second rate citizens.. Panama City will never be the great place it was!!