Shade sails hoisted

Anna Maria shade sails
City Pier Park has new shade sails. - Joe Hendricks | Sun

The $84,975 shade sail structure is now in place at City Pier Park in Anna Maria.

“I think it adds a dramatic look to the park and it’s a great start toward finalizing our City Pier Park,” Mayor Dan Murphy said Thursday afternoon. Pavers will be installed under the shade structure during a subsequent phase of the ongoing park improvements.

The new shade structure will make its public event debut during the Old Soldiers & Sailors Parade and Veterans Day ceremonies taking place at the park on Friday, Nov. 10. Featuring two marching bands, the parade will begin at City Hall at 1 p.m. and make its way to City Pier Park where the veterans’ ceremonies will take place with gubernatorial candidate Sen. Jack Latvala as the featured guest speaker.