South Pointe Park Pier Rehabilitation

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Originally built in 1979, the South Pointe Park Pier exhibited significant deterioration and was approaching the end of its useful service life. After a decade of neglect, the dilapidated pier needed to be replaced in order to reclaim its status as a recreational landmark for the local South Beach, Miami community. Atkins provided design, permitting, and construction administration services to help rebuild the treasured structure.

The 450-foot long pier sits within a highly visible, narrow manmade navigational channel between Miami Beach and Fisher Island. The channel is the main entrance to PortMiami, the world’s leading cruise port and Florida’s largest container port. Approximately 20 million vacationing passengers travel through the channel to vacation destinations such as, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mexico.

Because of the high visibility of the pier, it was important to honor local aesthetics. Atkins carefully considered every facet of the pier’s redesign. 338-feet of designated fishing areas were incorporated. Durable concrete benches and two canopy structures were installed. Aluminum bar grading covers the pier’s subfloor and is topped with Ipe wood in South Pointe’s signature honeycomb pattern.

Protecting the local sea life was also a priority. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)-approved, turtle friendly lighting was used throughout the pier to minimize impacts on hatching sea turtles. To protect corals and water quality, Atkins prepared an Avoidance and Minimization Plan (AMP), which served as a guide for the construction contractor to address construction impacts. Corals were relocated to an artificial reef recipient site west of the pier. 29 coral-encrusted rock boulders within the project footprint were also relocated to the same site. Potential water quality impacts were addressed in a turbidity monitoring plan.

Complex environmental conditions required permitting approvals from multiple agencies. Land and water rights, held by the City, state, and federal government, had to be updated prior to construction. Atkins used its longstanding relationships and experience with regulatory agencies to ensure all requirements were met.

In August of 2014, the City of Miami Beach officially reopened the pier to the public and it was commemorated with a series of free events that included art displays, giveaways, and refreshments. Today, the Pier remains a vibrant attraction for artists, joggers, and fishing enthusiasts.

Key facts

Miami Beach, FL

United States of America

City of Miami Beach

Completion Date:
August 2014

• Design
• Construction administration
• Permitting
• Environmental science services
• Plans, specifications, and bid packaging

• City of Miami Beach
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
• U.S. Coast Guard
• Florida Department of Environmental
• Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
• National Marine Fisheries Service
• National Oceanic and Atmospheric
• Miami Beach Marine Authority
• Miami-Dade County Regulatory and
  Economic Resources




North America

Jimmy Screen
Business Development Director, Public & Private
Telephone: +1 512 342 3248 


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