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Rebuilding the Naples Pier: Architect renderings of new design reveal changes

Kendall Little | Naples Daily News

Last September, Hurricane Ian became the sixth hurricane to destroy the historic Naples Pier. Since then, city officials have been working to redesign the iconic beach fixture so locals and visitors can enjoy it again.

Right now, city officials and a design firm are completing 100% design plans, which will include every detail about the new pier’s structure, materials, and features.

The new $20 million Naples Pier won’t look exactly the same as it did before Ian hit Southwest Florida on Sept. 28, 2022. To make sure the pier is strong enough to withstand another storm, designers have changed a few things about the structure.

Here’s what’s new about the Naples Pier design:

Moving concessions
Before Hurricane Ian, the Naples Pier had offshore concession stands. Originally city officials and designers planned to keep the concessions over the water, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that might be an issue for insurance providers.

The new design now features onshore concessions at the start of the pier.

Shaded areas and benches
The new design includes additional shaded areas along the pier. The two middle structures that used to be concessions stands will be covered areas for locals and visitors to escape the Southwest Florida sun.

Designers have also added 16 bump-out benches for people to take in the gorgeous gulf views.

Taller and sturdier
Naples Pier will be three feet taller this time along with a larger and more elevated end structure for fishermen and people taking in the view.

Read more about improved accessibility and the timeline for construction and completion.

NOTE: The Naples Pier is an iconic landmark in Naples that was originally built in 1888. Since this time, the pier has been rebuilt after hurricanes in 1910, 1926, 1944, and 1960. In 2015 the pier was reconstructed, and then soon after in 2017 Hurricane Irma damaged the structure. —
In 2022, Hurricane Ian caused extensive damage to the Naples pier.

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