Clearwater Beach’s landmark structure is getting a nearly $500,000 facelift in January.
City leaders unanimously approved spending $498,096 to repair portions of the concrete deck and pilings, replace railings and install a catwalk around the bait house at Pier 60 at their meeting Thursday at City Hall.
The project is expected to take 180 days, starting in January, which would include construction time during Spring Break. Any work during that time still would allow access and use of the pier.
The work came as a result of Kisinger Campo and Associates findings that the main structure is sound. However, they recommended several repairs to minimize concrete water intrusion after inspecting the structure last year.
The project also inlcudes replacing wooden railing around the 2,500-foot perimeter of the pier with composite materials and stainless steel fittings. The wood is about 20 years old.
A catwalk will also be installed around inaccessible portions of the baithouse to provide a work platform for maintenance.