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Structural FRP Applications: Hurricane-Proof Fishing Piers | BedfordReinforced.com

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Published on Jun 10, 2015

Rose Ann Haven
News 5 Reporter
We’re going into what's usually the busiest part of hurricane season and waterfront homeowners in our area have discovered a new way to protect valuable property not covered by insurance. As News 5’s Pat Peterson reports, a local construction company is building hurricane proof fishing piers, structures capable of withstanding strong winds and powerful storm surge.

Pat Peterson
News 5 Reporter
At waterfront locations across the Gulf Coast, the scars of countless tropical storms and hurricanes are visible. Damaged and un-repairable fishing piers litter the shallows, a ghostly reminder of just how powerful Mother Nature can be. But a local construction company is building storm proof fishing piers.

Scott Cassity
Cassity Brothers Construction
During a storm, the waves will just come right up and flow through the decking.

Pat Peterson
The fishing piers are made with reinforced plastic grating. These types of piers are designed to be submerged during a storm. The free-flowing system allows the water to move through the grating, creating less resistance.

Scott Cassity
The wave action just kind of flows right through it, and right back out.

Pat Peterson
Nothing is guaranteed when Mother Nature gets involved, but the Cassity brothers are confident their piers can withstand substantial storm surge.

Scott Cassity
You can’t make a pier bulletproof, but what you can do is minimize the amount of repair costs.

Roger Koby
Waterfront Homeowner
During Katrina, the water here was four feet above my beach.

Pat Peterson
Cassity Brothers Construction is building a storm proof pier for Fairhope homeowner, Roger Koby.

Roger Koby
It would have to be a ship I think to hit the pier to knock it out.

Pat Peterson
Most insurance policies do not cover storm-related pier damage. Koby says buying the thirty five thousand dollar storm proof pier makes sense.

Roger Koby
I want to protect my investment because I don’t want to come back here and spend this kind of money again after each storm.

Pat Peterson
A long-term investment many waterfront property owners are considering as we approach the heart of hurricane season. On the Baldwin County beat, Pat Peterson, News 5.

Rose Ann Haven
The price range for a storm resistant pier varies depending on the length and the type of structure.

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