$4.8 million South Pointe Pier project approved

Renovations expected to be completed in two years

Published On: Sep 12 2012 05:09:52 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 12 2012 05:22:23 PM EDT
South Pointe Pier
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -

The 35-year-old South Pointe Pier is about to undergo a major million dollar makeover.

In 2004, the Miami Beach pier was shut down because of deterioration. The structure, built in the 1970s, has been worn down over time from the salt water.

This summer, the Design Review Board approved a new design for the pier submitted by the Atkins, North America firm, according to the City of Miami Beach.

Throughout this process the public has had a chance to comment on what they would like to see at the new and improved pier which includes designated fishing areas, non-fishing areas, additional seating, additional lighting, more shaded areas, and turtle safe lighting as well.

The new design is meant to resemble a telescope, it will be narrower close to land and widen as it expands out to the ocean.

The $4.8 million project is set to begin in January and open to the public in two years.