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Old 01-12-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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<DIV id=post_message_6967>I wrote city council a quick little email asking why Destin had no pier...Im debating to do something about it due to boredom in the month of Feb. What do you guys think? Here is their response...


Dear Mr. Lewis,

Thank you for inquiring and posing the questions regarding a fishing pier within The City of Destin. My understanding as to why Destin currently does not have a fishing pier that accesses the Gulf of Mexico is due to the established "needs" and "wants" from the citizens of Destin and formalized by the City Council to act upon. During the City's strategic and comprehensive planning processes, there has been no indication to staff or the City Council for the need or want to have fishing pier similar to what are in other nearby cities or counties located in the panhandle. Based on no input by our citizens expressing the desire to have such an amenity, the City Council has directed our limited capital improvements funds to other projects, specifically related to environmental concerns (stormwater/flood management, beach restoration, harbor inlet management), transportation issues (roadways, sidewalks), life/safety (streetlight, pedestrian crosswalk/access) and recreational (beach access, sport park/facility improvements).

The City will be conducting strategic planning for preparation of next year's (2010) budget within the next three months with hearings then in June/July for the budget. I suggest if a fishing pier is an amenity you still feel is strongly needed or wanted for our City, please speak or write directly to the City Council so they can evaluate it further. If you desire, I will be glad to bring this concern up during the strategic planning process. I cannot guarantee any action.

I realize you desire more offshore fishing opportunities, however, I am sure you take advantage of the City's small fishing pier located off of Beach Drive near the Joe Bayou's Boatramp, access to the Marler Bridge, and the Jetty's for other fishing opportunities.

I hope I've been able to answer your questions and if I can assist you or try and answer any more questions or concerns you may have, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Ken Gallander

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City of Destin
4200 Two Trees Road
Destin, FL 32541

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Old 01-12-2009, 07:07 PM   #2
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Interesting.

A pier in Destin would be a neat idea. Where do you think a good place for one would be? Itwould be appreciated by many I'm sure...

HA ~&gt; they suggested you go to the "pier" up the street from me = what a joke. That thing only seemsgood for3 things = baitfish, crabs, &amp;"private activity"at night.
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:10 PM   #3
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It would be nice if they would put one where the old Crystal Beach pier was
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:55 PM   #4
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I would say where the old one was or Henderson Beach State Park...Even East of Destin...The old Destin Pier used to be amazing if Im not mistaken...I know it woul be dynamite for cobia...Fish swimming all night undisturbed on the beach and the boats not getting down there in the morning due to the sun in their eyes...Tarpon and kings would be great too with the broken bottom not far offshore...can you imagine the bait OMG! There was a suggestion to put petitions in the local tackle shops and for people to include their local address...Any thoughts?
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:59 PM   #5
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I think the petions would be a good idea.It would atleast get them looking at it.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:18 PM   #6
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I think its a great idea most likely where the old Crystal beach peir was

that is still good fishing there I rember putting PVC reefs down there
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:24 PM   #7
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I didn't think you'd do it. Get the petition started, you'll have a thousand sigs. in no time, and then send it back... next week. That will open their eyes.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:54 PM   #8
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i'lll sign, and i can get at least 50 more signatures i'd bet...

that would be a damn fish killing pier, i'm all for it!
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:00 PM   #9
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My Dad built that old pier for Mr. Henderson. The old pictures scattered around prove the quality of the fishing there.

There is no way the City of Destin could "pay" for one to replace it. A petition from the tackle spots and condo renters might bring a grant from the State, but our times are getting tougher unless it could qualify as infrastucture under "Obama-bucks"....
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Tex, from what I've read, it sounds like you need to get major public backing. Newspapers, TV, local establishments etc. I bet there would be an outcry behind you if the public stood in mass. Bring it to attention to as many as poss. Sounds like you might have started the project off already. Good Luck and let us know where to help.



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