Miami Beach breaks ground this week on a $4.8 million overhaul of the long-closed South Pointe Park Pier.
Construction on the 450-foot pier will begin sometime this month and is expected to finish in Spring 2014.
Plans call for a pier that telescopes out, meaning it gets progressively wider as it extends into the Atlantic. A plaza will mark the entrance of the pier, which will include benches, shade structures and turtle-safe lighting. Fishing will be allowed from the pier.
The old pier, which was built in 1979 and has been closed since 2004, will be demolished to make way for the new structure. Divers are working on relocating coral found near the construction site before work can begin above-ground.
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