"Long awaited Gulf Pier at Sargent completed" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A couple visit the Gulf Pier at Sargent on the day it was completed - last Wednesday, April 12.

The Gulf Pier at Sargent – a $795,768 project on the drawing board for at least two decades – was finished last week. 
   Sargent Chamber of Commerce president Claude “Tiger” Lane sees lots of possibilities for the 182-foot-long pier that extends over the Gulf of Mexico.
   First off, the 10-foot-wide pier is meant to be an educational experience – there are 12 wooden marker plates in place that will have interpretive information about the gulf, birds, sea life, Sargent and its history that dates to the early 19th century.
   Several people stopped and looked over the pier when it was completed Wednesday, April 12.
   Lane said the pier also will be used for fishing and for bird watching in a county that is the No. 1 birding spot in North America.
   Amanda Hackney, with black cat GIS and Biological Services, has been studying endangered species that are found near the pier. 

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