The Naples Pier, a 1,000-foot-long boardwalk that has been a landmark of Collier County for more than a century, sustained significant damages when Hurricane Ian struck Southwest Florida in September. Now, city staff is working to make the pier a favorite gathering place for residents and visitors.
For City Manager Jay Boodheshwar, who just relocated to Naples this year, the challenge of opening the pier is seen as a chance for improvement. “This iconic pier represents a significant challenge for us to reopen, but I see an opportunity,” he said. “I see an opportunity for a more resilient pier, a more functional pier. And I see, probably more importantly than those two things, an opportunity to pull this community together.”
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