Part of Gulf State Park Pier reopens

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Part of the Gulf State Park Pier has reopened and a park official says the rest should be open soon.

The Press-Register reports that a section of the pier reopened Friday morning after it was damaged by Tropical Storm Ida on Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Assistant Park Superintendent Trey Myers says the rest of the 1,540-foot pier, which stands 20 feet above the water should be ready for fishing by Thanksgiving weekend.

Myers says a state engineer inspected the parts of the pilings above the waterline Thursday and found no damage. Myers says there's no sign that the pilings shifted during their battering by waves.

The current pier replaced a shorter version destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

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