Two Public Meetings Will Be Held Regarding Near Shore Reef Construction at Gulf State Park Pier

CONTACT: Marine Resources
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The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Marine Resources Division will hold two public meetings to ask for input on the design and placement of concrete material from the demolition of the old Gulf State Park Pier around the new Gulf State Park Pier. The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on June 24, 2008, at the Gulf Shores Adult Activities Center, 260 Clubhouse Dr. in Gulf Shores. The second meeting will be held at the Foley Civic Center, 407 E. Laurel Ave. in Foley on June 26 at 6 p.m.
 
Public input from these meetings will be used to assist ADCNR in developing an artificial reef proposal for submission to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for approval.
 
Alabama has one of the largest artificial reef programs in the world. There are currently 23 inshore artificial reefs in Alabama providing some of the very best saltwater gamefish populations in the Gulf of Mexico. Visit www.outdooralabama.com for information on Alabama’s artificial reef program.
 
Construction to rebuild the Gulf State Park Pier began in November 2007. The original pier, a popular recreational fishing spot, was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The new pier is expected to be completed in late 2008.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.