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Permit approved for 1,000 foot long pier in South Padre Island

The handicap accessible pier will be designed for fishing, weddings and other special events.

A permit for a surf side pier has been approved at Clayton's Beach Bar and Grill.

The handicap accessible pier will be designed for fishing, weddings and other special events.

The permit, approved on February 9, authorizes construction of a 15-foot-wide by 1,000 foot-long elevated, wooden pier with a 25 by 50 foot terminal L-head. An attached 35 by 100-foot covered concession area will be constructed 200 feet from the beginning of the pier, according to the U.S. Army Corps Engineers Galveston District.

The pier will be located in the Gulf of Mexico at 6900 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island.

Beachgoers have mixed opinions.

"That way we can go out and fish and fish also. We don't have to get in no sand. The jetties down there are so slippery and its bad to walk out on. This would be really great," beachgoer Margie Foster said.

"I think the beach should be for the surf only and then fishing should be on the bay side," another beachgoer, Christopher Briales, said.

Clayton's Beach Bar and Grill applied for the permit over two years ago and believes the pier will bring more business to the island, according to owner Clayton Brashear.

Emergency responders said they are well equipped to handle the big spring break crowds.

"We are aware of the hazards here on the island and we have the capabilities and the equipment to respond to any incidents," said Albert Perez, Interim SPI Fire Chief.

Brashear said they would also hire their own security for the pier.

Construction on the pier will begin in the next few months.

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