The City of Parker celebrates the opening of new city pier

 PARKER, Fla. (WMBB) — On Saturday, the City of Parker celebrated a milestone decades in the making – the opening of their city pier.  The 563-foot-long pier jets out into East Bay next to the DuPont Bridge. The Project took 2 decades, 4 mayors, and over $3 million. “This is a great thing to have […] [[{“value”:”

PARKER, Fla. (WMBB) — On Saturday, the City of Parker celebrated a milestone decades in the making – the opening of their city pier. 

The 563-foot-long pier jets out into East Bay next to the DuPont Bridge.

The Project took 2 decades, 4 mayors, and over $3 million.


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“This is a great thing to have out here is a nice fishing pier in a great location,” Rep. Neal Dunn said. “And by the way, a little bit of good news right there.”

The project, however, didn’t happen overnight. 

“The old pier was the bridge,” Parker Mayor Andrew Kelly said. “That was taken down. And 20 years ago. The Mayor at the time, Brenda Hendricks, contracted a tentative contract with the state to give the grant money to build this pier, years and years and years went by, and I happened to be the lucky mayor that was here when the grant money was prepared to provide it for.” 

The funding for the bridge came from the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Early Restoration Program. The initiative is headed by the U.S. Department of the Interior to help communities affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill. 

The channel near the DuPont Bridge has long been a hot spot for fishermen. 

“It’s a great place to go fishing, but it’s a treacherous place to go fishing,” Rep. Dunn said. “If you’re waiting out there because there’s a very sharp drop off.”

The end of the pier stands in about 48 feet of water. 


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“Over the years people have drowned here because the current runs hard,” Kelly said. “The fall of the tide and the crime of the tide. The worst we ever had was five in one day.”

That day was in 1992. 

City officials said they hope that by making the pier free and open 24/7 it will prevent these incidents. 

“Everybody wanted this,” Kelly said. “They all like to fish. They all had to fish off the pier.”

It didn’t take long for word about the pier to spread around the fishing community. 

“I go fishing on the Miller Pier a lot and some of my buddies that I go with that they were telling me that they were building this,” Life Long fisher Lindon Ferguson said when he arrived ready to fish moments after the grand opening. “It’s such a good fishing spot over here. And all you ever had access was over there since the old bridge fell.”


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Kelly said the scuba divers who conducted the preliminary safety inspection on the bridge noted the abundance of marine life in the area.  

Parker officials want to remind residents that jumping off the bridge is prohibited. Even when the water appears calm a strong current is still present.

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