To pier or not to pier — it appears not: Fishing pier at Grayton Beach State Park dead after outcry

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 04:32 PM.

After all the no’s, there were a few who were not as emphatic.

"While I like Grayton just the way it is, there is a certain cachet to a fishing pier and would certainly be a complement to the State Park. However, I don't see how a parking deck fits the 'flavor' of Grayton Beach," said Al Cook.

Seagrove's Brooke Gontarek said, "I don’t know about the parking garage unless it’s done in a green way like they do in Miami with lots of foliage and make it attractive. A pier might be kind of cool, but again, as long as it doesn’t detract from the small town feel."

Seagrove resident and historian Hardy Jackson said, "The pier would be at the park. I suppose the dock would be there as well. The state park has always been a 'common man' facility that allows people who cannot afford more expensive and upscale places to enjoy the beach. But if these folks want to fish, they are confined to the shore. A pier would let regular folks, who are also taxpayers, fish on, and even beyond, the first sandbar. However, the parking deck is another matter… fishing piers have been around a long time and have a certain charm. I cannot imagine a charming parking deck."

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