On Saturday morning the St. Tammany Fishing Pier officially reopens after being hammered hard by Hurrican Isaac. The pier on East Howze Beach near Slidell hosted 16,000 visitors in the few months it was originally opened. Spokesperson Ronnie Simpson says Isaac really tore it up.
"It sustained an enormous amount of damage to the wooden decking that brings you out to the concrete portion as well as the road washing out."
Located on Lake Pontchartrain, the St. Tammany Pier was rehabilitated with FEMA public assistance funds and the Louisiana Tourism Recovery Program funded by B.P. But Simpson says the money was not used to simply rebuild the old pier but also to improve the luck of fishing anglers.
"In addition to the rehabilitation, they worked with a conservation group and they added an artificial reef near the pier which will enhance the fishing ground for folks to go out and catch the big ones."
After just over a year and a half of being shuttered, the official ribbon cutting on Saturday is set for 10 A-M for the St. Tammany Pier which is just east of the i-10 roadway off of exit 261. Simpson says it's place for simple and low cost family recreation.
"All you really need is is a fishing pole and a fishing license. So you can bring the whole family out to go fishing. There's not a ride out through the bayou on a boat. You don't even have to own a boat. It's a great way to introduce kids, especially to the sport of fishing."