Naples Pier, located at the west end of 12th Avenue South in Old Naples, is scheduled to be closed for approximately 6 weeks. The renovation is expected to cost nearly $1,000,000 and will be funded through the Tourist Development Tax.
The plan is to replace everything above the concrete pilings. City officials decided against a composite wood and have selected Ipe (Brazilian hardwood) to deck the 1,000 foot long pier. While this material is more expensive than the composite wood, it is extremely hard and dense, remains cool to the touch in hot weather, and will last more than 30 years.
The Naples Pier was originally built in 1888 to serve as an access point for visitors and freight to the first Naples hotel. Although the original pier has seen lots of changes over its 125 year history, one thing remains the same; it is still one of the most popular fishing spots and sunset backgrounds in all of Southwest Florida.