THE POMPANO BEACH PIER IS FINALLY OPEN
BY MARIE PULEO | POMPANO BEACH NEWS REPORTER
POMPANO BEACH PIER OPENING: The long-awaited opening of the newly reconstructed Pompano Beach pier, now called the Fisher Family Pier, took place on May 18. However, it was a “soft” opening as part of the city’s Phase 1 reopening amid the coronavirus crisis, and not an official opening.
Currently, the pier is open for sightseers and walkers, free of charge, but no fishing is allowed until further notice.
The pier will be open every day from 7am to 10 pm. Only 200 people are allowed on the pier at one time, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Visitors to the pier are required to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing. Coolers and chairs are not allowed.
In January, the City Commission decided that there would be no charge for sightseers during the first 60 days from the opening date of the pier, which applies to both residents and non-residents.
The City Commission also decided that, after the first 60 days of the Pompano Beach Pier opening, the fees to access the pier will be $2 per person for a daily sightseeing pass, $6 per person for a daily fishing pass, and $20 for an annual resident-only family sightseeing pass. There are no sightseeing fees for veterans and active-duty military personnel.
Since the pier hasn’t officially opened yet, the 60-day period hasn’t started, according to the city’s spokesperson, Sandra King.
The soft opening is due to the coronavirus crisis, and when the pier officially opens, “we want everyone to enjoy the free access to the pier, including anglers,” said King.
The City had hoped to have a large-scale grand opening event in March, but due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, that wasn’t possible. The City plans to have a ribbon-cutting and dedication celebration sometime in the future, said King.
Amenities on the new $11.5 million pier include shade structures, benches, splinter-free railings, marine-related artwork, Wi-Fi, and an underwater camera for watching fish.