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.