Miami Beach officials will inaugurate the newly renovated South Pointe Park Pier, historic landmark fromÂ the 1970s, located where the city begins at Government Cut. The grand opening celebration is free and open to theÂ public, and will include art displays, giveaways, and refreshments as attendees get a firstÂ look at the renovated fishing pier, new shaded sitting areas, and unforgettable oceanÂ views.
The new South Pointe Park Pier is an environmentally conscious structure that includes state-of-the-art fishing facilities with an artistic entrance. The project included the demolition of the existing pier and construction of a new pier that telescopes out in a succession of honeycomb-patterned platforms extending 450 feet from the entrance for fishing, recreation and special occasions. Features include a new pedestrian plaza, shade structures and benches, the installation of viewing stationsÂ along the pier and turtle-safe lighting. Construction began in February 2013 and the cost of the project was $4.8 million.
The inauguration of the renovated pier will also highlight world-renowned German artist Tobias Rehbergerâ€™s playfully designed gateway entrance. The piece, which he calls â€˜Eloquent South Pointe Pier Gateâ€™ pier features the pierâ€™s name in his hallmark â€œspeech bubbleâ€ paired with colorful abstract lines. The diversity, fun, and artistic style of Miami Beach reflected in this work perfectly accentuates the pier. The original pier, built in 1979, was a gathering place for fishing, recreation and families in Miami Beach. In 2004, the structure exhibited significant deterioration and deemed to have reached the end of its service life. The South Pointe Park pier is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to sunset.