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Post  Lagoon Lizard on Thu May 14, 2009 5:09 pm

Just talked to the prople at Gulf State Parks....the projection is now July - August for the pier to be open.
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Post  gulfcoastgamefish on Thu May 14, 2009 8:41 pm

yeah, I talked to them yesterday, their official word was, "hopefully July, maybe August"
We don't want them to rush it though for sure. scratch
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Post  Pier#r on Fri May 29, 2009 4:00 pm

http://www.orangebeach.ws/2009/News/2009-05-15-Gulf_State_Park_Pier_May_Update.html

The latest news from the new Alabama Gulf State Park Pier construction team is that they hope to have the pier completed in 60 to 90 days. That would put the opening date between mid-July and late August 2009.
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http://www.alapark.com/GulfState/Fishing/

As of 5/19/2009 the progress of the pier is as follows:

All pilings but 8 are in place All buildings are 100 percent complete. The parking area and entrance road is complete. The pier is very near 100 percent completion. Once the remainder of the pilings are placed the opening should follow within 45 days

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Post  gulfcoastgamefish on Fri May 29, 2009 10:30 pm

thank you, #'r
I have been work busy lately and lax in my pier update duties (dang work)
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Post  Pier#r on Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:43 am

Well I'm pretty certain the last pilings were put in Saturday May 30th.
Even though the Gulf has been slick since then there have been NO barges near the pier for two days and they have a flag flying from the end cheers


45 days to complete should make for an opening day around July 15th Cool

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Post  tom wicker on Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:30 pm

Pier#r wrote:Well I'm pretty certain the last pilings were put in Saturday May 30th.
Even though the Gulf has been slick since then there have been NO barges near the pier for two days and they have a flag flying from the end cheers
45 days to complete should make for an opening day around July 15th Cool

It looked like the slabs were in place today along with more lights
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Post  Pier#r on Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:35 pm

Kudos to Barrett on the PFF for posting these pics (and more) he took of the pier Sunday May 31 Cool

http://www.pensacolafishingforum.com/fishingforum/Topic311053-23-1.aspx#bm351893




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Post  Pier#r on Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:43 pm

Here's the official announcement many have waited for...

http://www.al.com/outdoors/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/sports/12464397824670.xml&coll=3
Pier into the future: After five years, new Gulf State Park Pier set for July 23 opening
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
By JEFF DUTE
Outdoors Editor

Shortly after Hurricane Ivan destroyed the Gulf State Park Pier in September 2004, many fishermen began counting down the time until a new pier would be built.
On Tuesday, Alabama conservation department officials announced that the clock would officially reach 00:00 at 9 a.m. on July 23. That's when Gov. Bob Riley is expected to cut the ribbon to open the 1,520-foot-long pier after more than 18 months of construction and a bid cost of $16.2 million.

"As you know, good things come to those who wait. We had hoped to open the new Gulf State Park Pier this spring, but Mother Nature decided otherwise," state conservation commissioner Barnett Lawley said. "That said, the new pier will be the longest on the Gulf Coast and will reach more than 1,500 feet into the Gulf of Mexico.

"This facility will provide unparalleled educational opportunities for students and teachers alike to view and experience first-hand the intricate ecosystem that thrives on Alabama's coast. It will also give Ala bamians and visitors unequaled access to great sightseeing along our beautiful beaches and shore line. The wait will be well worth it."

That also appears to be the sentiment among fishermen who regularly fished the old pier, said David Thornton, who spent 35 years learning to catch fish along its weathered rails. Thornton said he has kept in touch with many of the people who shared those rails with him.

"I think the consensus is that it's been worth the wait," Thornton said. "But it sure has been a long time more than four years and that time hasn't gone by quickly.

"The pier will be a very consistent, accessible place to fish and there's a lot of camaraderie that developed over time on the old pier, and it's that social aspect of fishing on the pier that we've been missing, too."

Thornton predicts the pier will open up opportunities to catch fish species that were out of reach for the old pier, which had an end octagon in about 12 feet of water. The new pier's end will be in 26 to 28 feet of water.

"There are a bunch of us who are eager to give a shot and get a taste of what we knew we were missing. The old pier was always a good inshore pier because of the shallow water and there were good pelagic (migratory) opportunities at certain times of the year," he said. "Now, it's like there are two piers out there. We'll still have the good inshore fishing, but we'll also have a whole new pier outside that second (sand) bar."

A "soft opening" is planned a few days before July 23, said the conservation department's chief engineer, Terry Boyd.

"We don't want the governor and a thousand people to be out there and the drink maker doesn't work," Boyd said.

Boyd said parks personnel will begin the process of stocking the concession areas, putting up signs and doing anything else necessary to get the pier ready for fishermen. He added that the state transportation department also must install a stoplight at the intersection of State Park Road and East Beach Boulevard.

"The contractor may still be on site after Friday tying up a few loose odds and ends, but the contractor is not going to be a problem with opening the pier," Boyd said.

Prices to fish the pier have increased across the board, but Gulf State Park assist ant superintendent Trey Myers said it is still a great value.

"The cost of living has had an impact, but the facility is triple what we had with the size of the pier and the amenities out there now," he said. "The cost has gone up on everything, but the pier is still a great value."

Based on the new daily rate of $8, Myers pointed out that the weekly rate of $40 gives the angler two days of free fishing, the monthly rate of $80 results in two weeks free, the $160 semi-annual rate gives four months free and the annual rate of $320 affords a full eight months of free fishing.

Myers said the pier will almost certainly have an impact on the demand for the park's campsites.

"The cabins and cottages stay booked through most of the year, but I'm sure it'll increase the demand on our 496 campsites," Myers said. "With the camp store, new nature center, boat docks and pool and pool house under construction all in the campground, the pier will help re-establish the park as a vacation destination place for people from all over the country."


Kudos to JD for staying on top of this, and giving an old salt his "15 minutes" ;-)

See y'all out there on the 23rd

Some other things he talked about (to me, but were not covered in the article):
4 rods per angler ($3.50 each for any additional rods)
ONE ROD in use per angler at a time so...
NO TROLLEY FISHING (Trey told him)
Shark Fishing? (He was going to ask Trey, so I don't know about that yet)

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Re: Pier update

Post  Pier#r on Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:54 am

This is the OFFICIAL website for the Gulf State Park Pier
http://www.alapark.com/GulfState/Gulf%20State%20Park%20Pier/

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