According to the Daily News,the National Marine Fisheries Service completes this week its review of the study on the pier’s impact on sea turtles and gulf sturgeon. The Fisheries Service’s comments will be forwarded to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use when it issues a permit for the project. County Commissioner Gordon Goodin told the Daily News that he expects the permit to be issued by the end of November.
Work on the pier came to a near screeching halt in June when the county was told it had to conduct a biological assessment of the pier’s impact on sea turtles and gulf sturgeon. Navarre Beach has been without a pier since Hurricane Ivan destroyed the previous 1,200-foot structure in September 2004.