|Posted by Anne Siren on November 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM|
Most Floridian eyes watched with great empathy as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast coast of the nation, knowing full well what those residents would have to live through and what we as a community missed.
But Sandy didn’t swing through our path without leaving her calling card.
In Deerfield Beach, the far end of the International Fishing Pier was damaged as a result of the strong winds and waves created overnight Thursday and early Friday morning. The city has closed the Pier for safety reasons.
During the storm, decking was lifted off the base structure, side railings were ripped away, and the framework upon which the end of the pier is built may have sustained damage.
A structural engineer familiar with the design of the pier is scheduled to assess the damage later today and provide a report to the city.
Initial estimates are that the repair could cost up to $50,000 and take two months to design and complete.
The damage to the ocean-end of the pier from Sandy comes just as the construction at the beginning of the pier nears completion. The ribbon cutting ceremony for a $4.8 million project consisting of a new restaurant, bait shop, and elevated public pavilion, as well as new rest rooms and shower facilities for beach-goers, will take place the evening of Friday, Dec. 7.
The city does not anticipate completion of repairs by the anticipated ribbon cutting for the Pier Entry facilities.
The municipal pier in Pompano Beach sustained some damage to its decking sections. Said Rob McCaughan, director of public works, “The sections are designed to break loose. The eastern end is closed resulting from rail damage.”
He added that the concrete pilings did not sustain damage.
Sandy hurled sand across A1A, and erosion on private properties close to the inlet caused concern from residents, including Pompano Beach Commissioner Barry Dockswell who lives in the vicinity. Dockswell said about “15 to 20 feet of the dune was eaten away.”
The highest winds hit the Florida east coast on Oct. 26. Schools remained open, but some athletic events were cancelled.