In one one of the posts, some asked the cost and was the pier worth it. In a simple answer, Yes.
First, the pier isn't costing the city anything. If we agreed to raise the pier to get it higher from the damanging hurricane driven waves and make some other approvements, FEMA would pay for it. Now that's a deal. The new pier will now have blow out panels on the deck that will blow out and not take the structure out like before.
As for being a profit maker, its actually one of the few things that makes money for the city. Between the gate fees which more than pays for itself and pumps excess money into recreation. Then you have to figure how many folks come here that loves to fish off that pier or any pier. They rent rooms, eat at restaurants and buy T shirts. Upon its completion this next year, we will be able to brag about having the longest pier on Gulf Coast. Great for advertising. Plus the concessions are leased out thus bring in more money without the expense of operating them.
Some people complain that we don't have attractions to draw the tourist, well the pier is one that works well in doing that.