Legion pier back in operation
By Dwayne Bremer
May 28, 2013, 23:01
The first of four public piers damaged during Hurricane Isaac was reopened to the public last weekend.
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors last Thursday, reopened the Washington Street Pier, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
"We knew there was going to be a lot of people in town for the big weekend," Board of Supervisors Vice-President Steve Seymour said Tuesday. "We wanted everyone to see how nice it is, but most importantly we wanted to have a place open for the kids and local fishermen to enjoy."
The county maintains three public piers: Washington Street, Dunbar Avenue, and Clermont Harbor.
The Garfield Ladner Pier, just to the east of Coleman Avenue, is maintained by the city of Waveland.
All four piers suffered extensive damage last August during Isaac.
Seymour said when the piers are not operational, it leaves a void in the community.
"It just takes a while to repair everything," Seymour said. "We have to get our funding in order and do the construction. The public misses the piers when they are not there."
Mickey Lagasse of Compton Engineering said the Washington Street pier suffered about $200,000 in damage during Isaac.
In March, supervisors awarded a contract to Twin L construction to repair the pier and do some minor improvements.
Compton Engineering was the construction manager for the project.
Lagasse said the project included replacing all of the electrical outlets, adding concrete, repairing the wooden structure, and repairing the pavilion next to the pier.
Supervisors also added additional lighting, stabilized jetties, and re-dredged the boat launch, he said.
When the pier was reopened to the public last week, dozens of people who were fishing on the adjacent rocks immediately went on the pier, Seymour said.
"They were excited," he said. "It was good to see people wanted to enjoy the pier."
Seymour said work has begun on the Clermont Harbor Pier and supervisors will soon be soliciting bids for Dunbar Avenue.
Waveland is also in the process of rebuilding the Garfield Ladner Pier.