Six wooden piers and overlooks along with one walkway nestled amidst the mangroves in Clam Bayou Nature Park along with the Coast Guard dock in Gulfport are getting replaced or upgraded thanks to $117,000 from Penny for Pinellas, which is a one percent sales tax that is dedicated to capital improvements in the county. Construction began on July 11 and is expected to be completed by mid October, said Dennis Frain, director of Marina Operations.
“We’re excited about the upgrading,” said City Manager Jim O’Reilly. “It’s part of the original plan.” Enterprise Marine of St. Petersburg is doing the construction. On August 22, Noel Munoz, a worker with the contractor, carries a support board for one of the wooden walkways located in the mangroves. Not pictured are Selvin Rosa and Domar Pina who are also working on the project. The wooden structures are expected to last 15 to 20 years and are replacing similar ones that were built in the mid 1990s,” said Dennis Frain, director of Marina Operations.