$2.4 million renovation of Gulf State Park pier nearly done

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — A more than $2 million renovation of the fishing pier at Gulf State Park should be finished in July, according to the Alabama Department of Conversation and Natural Resources.

A statement from the agency said decking, handrails and lights are being replaced as part of the work on the pier, which extends more than 1,500 feet (457 meters) into the Gulf of Mexico. A new system to dispose of fish-cleaning waste and an observation deck also are being added, and the concessions area and restrooms are being improved.

The work, which totaled $2.4 million, took months longer than anticipated, dragging into the summer season, but the agency said the delay couldn't be avoided.

“This is going to be what sets the example for any pier that is built on the Gulf of Mexico,” Lamar Pendergrass, a state parks supervisor, said in a statement. “If people want to see something that is state-of-the-art and done the right way, this is where they need to be.”