Flagler County pier closed after officials find it unsafe for public use following Hurricane Ian damage

Pier opened in 1928, was due for demolition

Flagler County pier damage (WJXT)

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – The Flagler County Beach City Commission has voted to keep the pier closed after an engineering firm said it is no longer safe for public use following significant Hurricane Ian damage.

According to the Post-Hurricane Ian Pier Condition Assessment Report, officials said Ian tore off 120 feet of the pier and left a section dangling over the ocean.

The report found that 3 to 7 feet of sand was scoured from under the pier, which reduced the pile embedment below the sand line and created a risk for collapse.

Aerial view of the pier with engineering recommendations (WJXT)

The engineering company that administered the assessment recommended the city erect a 4-foot tall wood barricade wall at the lifeguard station with access only by city employees and no more than 10 at a time.

Flagler Beach officials estimated repairs could cost nearly $2 million.

The pier opened in 1928 and was slated for demolition for a concrete replacement.

To read a full post-hurricane Ian pier condition report, see below.