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Fishing Might be Banned on Naples Pier

Council member Linda Penniman wants to ban fishing on the Naples Pier citing safety reasons. The Naples City Council member is thinking of bringing up the idea at the next council meeting in August.

The popular fishing spot has been closed since July 16 for hurricane-related repairs and it’s expected to open back up August 1, but construction on the $450,000 pier project is ahead of schedule.

“Now they’ve progressed to the point where they need to close this portion of the pier and complete the work, where we are standing to the concession stand,” Dana Souza with the City of Naples said.

For those that still want to fish while repairs are being done on the Naples Pier, there are other areas that you can go to. Here’s a list of some places that you can go to if you want to do some fishing:

  • Clam Pass Park
  • Vanderbilt Beach
  • North Collier Regional Park
  • Tigertail Beach
  • Barefoot Beach Preserve
  • Lowdermilk Park
  • Ann Olesky Park
  • Barefoot Beach Preserve
  • Caxambas Boat Park
  • Goodland Boat Park
  • Bayview Boat Park

The last time the Naples Pier was heavily damaged was September 10, 1960 by Hurricane Donna. Hurricane Irma hit the same day — September 10 — last year.

Reporting by Allyssa Dickert