The Anna Maria Historic Pier has been closed since Hurricane Irma last September. It was already in need of repairs before the hurricane hit and created more damage, the pier needs to be rebuilt. There was a $1.5M grant given by the Anna Maria Tourism Development Council and the Anna Maria Preservation Trust is trying to match that with donations to an official GoFundMe account which has been set up for tax deductible donations. The estimate is $3-4 million to rebuild.
The pier was built in 1911 and has been a haven to seabirds and fisherman alike. A great view of the Sunshine Skyway is seen from the pier. For many years, it was called “Fast Eddie’s Pier” due to the popular restaurant being part of the pier in the late 70’s and 80’s. Fast Eddie’s left the pier in 1992. Anna Maria Oyster Bar also took over the restaurant for a while until it was to become the City Pier Restaurant around 2000.
A great place for fishing and casting for bait! Island kids with their bait buckets have been fishing there for generations. Pelicans, seagulls and various sea birds hang on the roof and the sides of the pier waiting for a snack, while fish are being cleaned. Dolphins make their way past the pier along with an array of amazing Florida sea life. The restaurant has offered great fish sandwiches, oysters, lobster bisque, always a great way to spend a day away from everything!
The Anna Maria Historic Pier is part of the way of life on Anna Maria Island. If you would like to be a part of the rebuilding of the pier you can make a tax-deductible donation to the official Go Fund Me page at:
photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography