Pier pavilion closing temporarily

Pier pavilion closing temporarily
The Anna Maria pier pavilion will close for approximately 10 days beginning Monday, April 15. - Joe Hendricks | Sun

ANNA MARIA – The covered pavilion area near the Anna Maria City Pier construction site will be fenced off and closed to the public beginning Monday, April 15.

The pier pavilion area will be closed for approximately 10 days as a safety precaution while the construction of the new pier continues. The pavilion closing information was included in the Friday, April 5 pier project update Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy emailed to Manatee County staff member Monica Luff.

According to Murphy, trolley service at the pier location will not be impacted by the temporary pavilion closure.

“To date, 154 piles have been driven for the pier foundation, leaving 50 more to finish. Two pilings failed thus far, one as a result of being struck by a barge, another as a result of striking an obstruction below the surface. The project remains on schedule, with work being done on most Saturdays, weather permitting,” Murphy wrote in his Friday morning update.

In 2018, the Manatee County Commission committed $1.5 million in tourist tax revenues to the city’s pier project. The county commission also allocated an additional $330,000 in surplus beach concession revenues for the estimated $4.8 million pier project.