Sunday, October 17, 2021

Tin City Boardwalk Post-Irma Restoration Complete

Pure Florida, Tin City ownership and Turrell, Hall & Associates, Inc. are proud to reopen the historic Tin City Waterfront boardwalk after damage from Hurricane Irma forced its closure.

“We would like to thank the restoration team including engineers of Turrell, Hall and Associates and the owners of Tin City for their hard work and dedication to this important restoration project after Hurricane Irma.,” said Harry Julian, owner Pure Florida. “We are excited the modernized boardwalk will ensure our guests have the best experience possible during their visit.” Visitors to Pure Florida will experience wider, more user friendly walkways with plenty of space along the new waterfront boardwalk as they come to board the M/V Double Sunshine for Sightseeing and Sunset Cruises and M/V Lady Brett for Deep Sea Fishing Charters.

Visitors can also enjoy new covered seating while waiting to board the M/V Double Sunshine in the Indian Chickee Hut built by members of the Seminole Tribe with a plaque describing the history of these unique structures. The restoration project took 18 months of hard work on the complex project since the seawall that supports the boardwalk and restaurants (Riverwalk and Pinchers) was severely damaged in the storm and needed to be rebuilt. The boardwalk now allows a pedestrian connection under U.S. 41, allowing people to walk along the waterfront uninterrupted between Tin City, Bayfront and beyond.

The new boardwalk is made from the dense hardwood Ipe (pronounced “ee-pay”). This is the same wood used at the Naples City Dock, Naples Pier and the Gordon River Greenway. Ipe, also called Brazilian walnut, is a beautiful exotic wood from South America. Ipe wood structures are hard, strong, and naturally resistant to rot, abrasion, weather, and insects.


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