Hurricane Sally today revised the plan of state officials. When the storm severely damaged the structure, they used courtesy to cut the ribbon to renovate the Gulf State Park Pier on the Gulf Coast for $2.4 million.
The new hut in the park suffered little damage.
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The head of the Alabama Department of Natural Resources Conservation said Wednesday morning that he was not even sure about the rest of the building. He said that the pier (at least part of the pier) was severely damaged by the storm.
The images circulating on social media seem to indicate that a large part of them has disappeared or is severely damaged.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled to take place at 1
Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said his crew has not yet had the opportunity to assess the damage to the dock. Strong winds continued to sweep through Baldwin County, and many roads remained impassable on Wednesday morning.
Blankensey said: “It is not safe for people to travel in southern Baldwin County.” “We are on standby, waiting for the weather to improve…We have a team waiting for a damage assessment.”
Blankenship said that the terminal project has been insured, but maintenance costs have not been estimated. He said that the $2.4 million project included replacing the deck, adding observation platforms, and replacing lighting with more friendly lighting for sea turtles.
The funding for the project comes from part of the BP Oil Spill Fund.
In the early days of the pandemic, the dock was one of the few places closed to the outside world. Blankenship said it was closed in May due to the start of construction works and most of it has already been completed.
At the same time, Blankenship said the loss to the Gulf of Mexico State Park Hotel was “minimal.” The turbulent water of the bay “blows into the front door” and flows towards the cabin. He said that several people stayed overnight in the hotel. The former hut was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.