Work crews are expected to begin arriving during the week of Jan. 10-16 to begin the process of building a new observation deck at Horace Caldwell Pier.
An area on the north side of the pier will be blocked off during construction, which will last about six months, according to a post on the official Facebook page of I.B. Magee Jr. Beach Park. The pier lies within the park.
The pier expansion is expected to resolve a previous obligation with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Nueces County to build a beach observation deck at Bob Hall Pier on North Padre Island.
The new deck will be 50 feet by 50 feet in size – about the same square footage as the part of the pier that currently houses the Keepers concession area, according to Scott Cross, director of Nueces County Coastal Parks.
The new structure will stand on the north side of the concession area. The two structures will be connected with a catwalk.
The observation deck will be open to the public and serve as a dedicated space for “education outreach on coastal ecology,” Cross said. No admission will be charged for access, he said.
Construction of the observation deck will be one of a number of projects expected to take place at the park this year. (More on those changes can be seen in a story in the Dec. 31 edition of the South Jetty.)