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South Pointe Park Pier Reopens This Week After a Decade of Neglect, $4.8 Million Renovation

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Photo by Sabrina Rodriguez
A full decade after it closed to the public, Miami Beach's South Pointe Park Pier is finally set to reopen later this week. The 100-year-old pier has been totally rebuilt after a yearlong, $4.8 million project and offers views of South Beach, Government Cut, and the downtown skyline.

The renovations -- which include new viewing stations, shade structures, turtle-safe lighting, entry gates, and pedestrian plazas -- also mean a new chapter for a place legendary to decades of Miami teenagers as a spot to hang out and illegally dive into the water.

"I'm delighted to see this landmark pier come back," said Paul George, a historian at HistoryMiami. "It was the hangout of all hangouts for decades, and it was sad to see it let go for years."

The pier, which was originally built in the 1920s a couple of blocks north, was demolished in 1984. It was then moved south to its current location, where it became a favorite spot for kids in South Beach.

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via State Archives of Florida
This is what the pier looked like in its previous location in 1965.
According to George, the pier helped solidify South Beach as a hot spot in the late '70s, when the Beach was still gaining fame as an art deco district. Even before then, the pier was at the center of many Miami Beach-hosted events during World War II.

For youths and other beachgoers, the pier was a place to fish, eat, and dive with friends into the ocean, hoping the local cops didn't notice.

"It allowed for the area to look like a bay or beach in California," George says. "Everything was surrounding the pier, whether it was hot dogs or Joe's Stone Crab, a mainstay."

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South Pointe Park

1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

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Xaviant Haze
Xaviant Haze

Revitalize? lol overpriced empty condos with 2000 monthly maintenance fees isn't exciting

Maria Alicia
Maria Alicia

No se olviden es mañana! Lillian Viviane Sanchez Maria Amalia Ardama Maria Daniela Matheus Emily Rivera

Isora Orue
Isora Orue

I used to jump off of it when I was a kid. Glad it'll be back.

Brandon Gervickas
Brandon Gervickas

Eduardo Di Crosta that is sweet, I never even knew about it!

Damarys Hernandez
Damarys Hernandez

I'll have to revisit the idea when we get closer to the day. But gotta say I loled when I first read "go for sunrise" :P Lady Mule

Lady Mule
Lady Mule

Your last American Sunrise in the 305 :P haha Damarys Hernandez

Damarys Hernandez
Damarys Hernandez

O_o I don't know about sunrise, Lady Mule. I'm not awake at those hours.

Kristin De Granda
Kristin De Granda

This is nice and all, but what about enhancing public transportation or public education? Way to go Miami, for wasting a ton of money on unimportant stuff.

Lady Mule
Lady Mule

Damarys Hernandez ...Sounds good... we can have brunch somewhere in the beach too- hopefully weather behaves :P What id you go for Sunrise???! O_O

Damarys Hernandez
Damarys Hernandez

Lady Mule, how about we go here on the 31st?? In the morning?

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Beach_Resident
Beach_Resident

would love to see how they came up with that for $4.8 million.  must have had every union for 30 miles involved.  

Esther Diane
Esther Diane

Renee Carlton and Simeon Yurek, now that is a pier.

Carolina Rearte
Carolina Rearte

OMG!!! Is this where I used to jump off from...way back when?!?...hahahah

Rebeca Gil Cayzac
Rebeca Gil Cayzac

Thought the same thing when I saw the article posted earlier Rebecca Johnson \U0001f60a

Ifeanyi Udoye
Ifeanyi Udoye

Paula Andrea Vargas: you know we're gonna take a field trip, right?

Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez

I used to jump off the pier back in the days.....good fun :)

Shawne Woogin Wigand
Shawne Woogin Wigand

Happy to see the pier is back. It was one of our favorite hangouts as kids!

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

YAWN, this is a pier, masquerading as a 'public space" masquerading as a 'public benefit", masquerading as a pier.

Manny Castillo
Manny Castillo

It has gone down because the city sold the park to developers that turned it into elite part of the city we used to pay 5 bucks park at the park and gobfishing and swimming the only thing that was remotely commercial was Penrods on the beach..that was it..now it is just a bunch of million dollar buildings..

Giselle Real-d'Arbelles
Giselle Real-d'Arbelles

Revitalize what? It's wonderful the way it is. Clean and quiet. Not ghetto and dirty like 5th ST up to 17th.

Camila Trujillo
Camila Trujillo

Ong yesss!!!!! I'm sooo done then a dive into that waterrrrr ahhhhh Thais Caroline Mina

Thais Caroline Mina
Thais Caroline Mina

Camila Trujillo I know what were doing this weekend !! OUTDOOR WORKOUT

Melissa Hernandez
Melissa Hernandez

Omg! I don't remember jumping I know you did lol Damaris Caceres

Pierre Picon
Pierre Picon

Only in Miami do they build some bobo ass plank in the cut an call it a pier.should build one in the original place on 1st st. That would be something worth calling a pier

Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

4.8 million for that!??? This pier is the most boring I've ever seen. In California the piers are intesting, there is always a restaurant, aquatic museum, or something intriguing at the end of every pier. Not just a "shade structure". Definitely some thievery going on. Truley disappointing!

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