A rendering of planned improvements to the T.J. "Tony" Saprito Fishing Pier.

A rendering of planned improvements to the T.J. "Tony" Saprito Fishing Pier.

The T.J. “Tony” Saprito Fishing Pier will be temporary closed to the public beginning in the first week of November while it receives upgrades and improvements. Access to the pier will be obstructed for approximately three to four months to ensure public safety while the work is completed.

The planned improvements include a new top concrete deck; the installation of three shade structures, six benches and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant railings; and a retrofit of the existing concrete piles and light poles.

The popular and scenic fishing pier, located under the John Ringling Causeway Bridge, was built in 1979 and partially rebuilt and rehabilitated in 2007. The adjacent Ernest “Doc” and Eloise Werlin Park and Hart’s Landing bait, tackle and snack shop will remain open while the work at the pier is completed.

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