Miami Beach

Miami Beach reopens South Pointe Pier

After two years and $4.8 million, the South Pointe Park Pier has opened at the southern end of Miami Beach.

The city has replaced a pier built in 1979 that was condemned in 2004 after significant deterioration. Construction on the new pier began in early 2013.The new pier features an entrance by renowned artist Tobias Rehberger, a piece commissioned through the Miami Beach Art in Public Places project.

Work on the new, 450-foot-long pier began with the careful relocation of coral that lived under the old structure.

“It was a very challenging construction,” said David Martinez, director of capital improvement projects for the city.

The pier features several stations to cut bait and wash fish, as well as recycling bins for fishing line.

Martinez said the pier was construct with a sturdy decking, with wooden slats that will snap off without bending the rest of the structure.