• Plans in place to replace Hurricane Matthew-damaged pier at Fort Clinch State Park

    By: Bridgette Matter, Action News Jax


    FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - Since Hurricane Matthew hit, the pier at Fort Clinch State Park has been closed.

    The pier was been deemed unsafe. In a Wednesday meeting, park management explained how it will be replaced.

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    The park manager said portions of the pier’s concrete had fallen into the water and must be removed.

    Right now, the park's management is planning to expand camping grounds, develop picnic pavilions, replace a fishing pier restroom, develop trails and replace the pier.

    The park manager Heath Alboher said the time table on the piers replacement has yet to be established.

    “Right now we have removed the pier for public safety and environmental concern. The next step is permitting and design and funding,” Alboher said.

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