by Office Staff
on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 9:41am.
The Naples city Pier, a much-loved and frequently visited city landmark, could undergo a major makeover very soon. Engineers who examined the well-worn boards, decking, railings, and other aspects of the pier have estimated that the repair costs will amount to nothing less than $900,000, which includes the cost of replacing a minimum of 2,000 boards among other fittings. Part of the repair and beautification plan also involves incorporating stainless steel and composite decking in order to reduce future maintenance costs. However, the issue at present revolves around acquiring the finance to begin repair work. At present, the city of Naples is permitted to collect up to $200,000 in annual tourist taxes. The idea is to collect 3 years worth of advance taxes in order to pay for the work. With over a million visitors in 2013, the pier is sure to attract double the number of tourists post-repair and maintenance work, which will result in it being shut down for up to 60 days for the purpose. However, the residents of Naples are confident that the city will see to it that pier repairs and associated costs are taken care of, and the pier, restored to its former glory.