Pompano gets new pier
Pompano Beach celebrates the groundbreaking of City’s new fishing pier
By Danielle Charbonneau
Mayor Lamar Fisher and Pompano Beach City Commissioners (both past and present) gathered today to celebrate the official groundbreaking of Pompano Beach’s new fishing pier, which starts construction this month and is slated to be finished by early 2019.
The new 11.8 million dollar pier will be just under 30,000 square feet, which is approximately 75 percent more area than the city’s current, 16,000 square foot pier, which was built in 1964. The design includes shade structures, benches and marine-related artwork. The new pier will be elevated an additional four feet to offset sea level rising and be constructed using top-down methods, starting from the west to the east.
“You’ll see it growing plank, by plank, by plank. It will be amazing,” said Mayor Fisher at the groundbreaking.
The new fishing pier will be 864 feet long, have wi-fi, underwater cameras and security cameras.
“Our pier will be a destination spot…a true fishing pier in every sense, except with 21st century design,” said District One Commissioner Michael Sobel.
All the needed permits are currently in-hand and construction is set to begin this month. Demolition of the first three spans will take place in June and the first new piles will be driven in mid July. Demolition and installation of all the spans are expected to be done by September 2018.
“God willing, the completion will be done in early 2019,” said Mayor Fisher. “That’s an aggressive timeline. We have put the pressure on our contractors and all those involved but I know they can do it. They have a great history.”