Mexico Beach Pier Suffers Damage

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. - Outer bands of Hurricane Nate slammed into Mexico Beach Saturday night, tearing off pieces of the city's pier.

Large sections of the railing washed ashore Sunday morning.

Police closed the pier to the public before the storm, but officers were concerned when some people didn't heed their warning.

"[There were reports of] juveniles actually crawling up the side of the pier and jumping off the top," Mexico Beach Police Chief Anthony Kelly said.

He warns people to not only stay off, but stay away in the water as well.

"I have seen 10, 12 and 14 foot posts that obviously come from this pier."

He asked people to use common sense.

Kelly says the pier was already in need of improvements before the hurricane hit Mexico Beach, but said the considerable amount of damage was due to Hurricane Nate. It's also possible the damage is due to a tornado on the outer bands of the storm. 

"It has not been confirmed but we have some people checking on that," Kelly said.

Officials aren't sure when the pier will open to the public again. The city will assess the damages this week.     

"Now that the storm's come through and the pier has sustained considerable damage, we definitely don't want anyone coming out here," he said.



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