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 Osprey Fishing Pier


West end of Main Street, Osprey, FL
Portions of the Osprey Fishing Pier have been closed in order to ensure public safety. Sarasota County is working with several state and federal agencies to repair and replace sections of the pier that have deteriorated over time.

This page will be updated periodically in order to keep the public informed of the progress and accessibility of the Osprey Fishing Pier. Please check back often for the latest information.


 Status of Osprey Pier Project

June 27, 2013 – The county responds to the ACOE Request for Additional Information including a request for a seagrass habitat map and information to support that the project will be in compliance with the Endangered Species Act.
May 2013 - Request from ACOE received by the county for additional information associated with the Joint Environmental Resource Permit Application. 
April 2013 – Sarasota County obtains authorization from Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) authorization to rebuild the pier.
October of 2012 - West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) grant for replacement of the Osprey fishing pier approved as a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) by the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners.
June 2012 – Sarasota County obtains local Water and Navigation Control Authority (WNCA) authorization to rebuild the pier.
May 2012 – Sarasota County engineers recommend closing portions of the pier due to deterioration of concrete support pilings.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) is under no deadline to respond to the county and there is the potential for the agency to request more information which would lead further extending the date for work to begin. 
Once the remaining federal authorization is obtained, an engineered pier design can be completed and a contractor hired by the county to construct the project. The design portion of the project is expected to take a minimum of five months. Construction is anticipated to take up to an additional six months to complete and will be subject to possible weather delays.



The Osprey Fishing Pier has been a treasured piece of southern Sarasota County history for generations. Parents, grandparents and great grandparents have taught children and grandchildren about the joys of fishing from this well known landmark. Sarasota County officials share in the communities desire to see the closed portions of the pier reopened as soon as possible.

Because the pier is on the coastline it is subject to rules and regulations from several agencies on the federal, state and local level. This myriad of governmental oversight covers everything from ensuring the safety of those who use it to protecting the environment.

Over the years and under the oversight of these federal, state and local agencies, the pier has undergone everything from minor repair to major re-construction. In May of 2012 Sarasota County engineers discovered that the majority of concrete pilings supporting the pier had deteriorated to the point that it could not be repaired, and would need to be replaced.
In order to perform this major task the county needs to seek permits from several state and federal agencies including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The county has filed all the permit applications with the appropriate agencies and is continuing to work with each agency to expedite their approval.



Hours: Opens at dawn and closes at dusk.

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Directions, from U.S. 41, south Tamiami Trail, turn right onto Main St. in Osprey.

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