April 16, 2024
Ocean Seaside Pier. Photograph by Chris Stone

A brand new discover posted on the closed and wave-damaged Ocean Seaside Pier says an utility has been filed with the town for demolition and substitute.

The discover from the town’s Growth Providers Division says an utility for a allow has been filed with the town for the historic designation, demolition and substitute of the long-lasting pier.

There isn’t a indication of when the demolition will happen.

Closed since October, excessive surf additional broken Ocean Seaside Pier over the New 12 months’s weekend, authorities mentioned.

Giant waves of 8 to 12 ft with units as much as 18 ft have pounded the 57-year-old pier at 1850 Ocean Entrance St. in latest days.

“The cycle of harm and repairs for the Ocean Seaside Pier has been an growing problem lately — and one which we can’t forestall,” mentioned Rania Amen, director of the town’s Engineering and Capital Initiatives Division. “Our groups will monitor the scenario all through the storm season, and be prepared to completely asses the construction, each above and under the water, as soon as it’s applicable.”

In 2018, a research by consultants Moffatt & Nichol discovered that ongoing structural issues with the getting old pier have brought about it to succeed in the tip of its helpful service life. That research additionally decided that probably changing the pier is the best choice for it within the long-term, given the continuing prices of repairs and the necessity to modernize the ability, in addition to anticipating future sea-level rise.

An Ocean Seaside Pier Job Power comprised of volunteers nominated by native advisory teams and representatives from the town was fashioned to review the potential for changing the pier.

Ocean Seaside Pier has been closed a number of occasions over the previous few years. The town mentioned it has spent $1.7 million to restore the pier throughout that point.