The Naples pier is being rebuilt again due to the weather, and the natural wear and tear caused by the more than 1 million people that visit every year. This is the fifth reconstruction since the pier opened in 1888. The last major rebuild was in 1995. It was also rebuilt in 1926, 1944 and 1960 after hurricane damage.
The current pier has more than 1,800 boards. Two hundred boards will be saved, cut into 12-18 inch pieces and stamped with the City of Naples brand. The Naples Historic Society will number each board and authenticate them. The souvenir planks will be available to purchase for $100.
The project is expected to take four months and the pier will be closed until early November. The cost of the reconstruction will be $2.2 million. The new planks will be of Brazillian walnut, or ipe, and are expected to last over 30 years. Pieces for the new pier are arriving by barge after being built further north, in Ft. Myers. The new pier will look almost the same as the current one, and will have bigger restrooms and a family changing room.