Farewell Mandalay Pier; hello sand wall | News
Clearwater Beach, Florida - The Mandalay Pier, a north beach landmark for five decades, may be torn down this year.
City staff is recommending the council approve spending $90,000 to demolish the concrete structure, which has deteriorated and may soon be unsafe.
Located between the Palm Pavilion and Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, the pier was built about 50 years ago and originally extended into the gulf for fishing and sightseeing. Twenty years ago, the part that extended into the water was removed, leaving a small elevated section on the beach.
Staff wants the pier demolished and remaining pilings removed "due to further deterioration, spalding of concrete and potential unsafe conditions."
The incline of the pier from the public parking lot does not meet standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but did not have to be brought up to standards because it was granfathered in, the city council was told Monday. Any improvement to the pier now would require it become ADA accessible.
Money for the capital budget project would come from the city's parking fund reserves.
Staff also revealed plans to construct a wall to replace a wooden fence used to hold back sand that drifts into the parking lot. The wall would be four feet tall but designed not to look that high from the parking lot.
The council heard the plans at Monday's workshop session, but took no action. That could come at the council's next regular meeting.