City of Port Lavaca celebrates the completion of Lighthouse Beach Pier

"Today's celebration is not to only recognize the completion of this pier but also completion of all of our public assistance grant projects as a result of Hurricane Harvey"

PORT LAVACA, Texas – Community members and government officials gathered at the head of the newly built fishing pier in Port Lavaca to celebrate the official completion of the pier with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Getting to this point was not easy after Hurricane Harvey destroyed the fishing pier in 2017. The pier was at the bottom of the list of repairs due to a lack of funding.

Port Lavaca Mayor, Jack Whitlow, shared his thoughts on the rebuilding process.

“After Harvey, we wanted this pier rebuilt as soon as we could, even though we placed it as our last project, so we tried to move it up but getting funding was a tough job, we worked really hard throughout the term, and that’s why we’re happy today to mark the opening of the pier,” says Mayor Whitlow.

The final cost of the project was around 2.3 million dollars and repairs revolved around making sure the pier would be able to withstand another storm by raising the entire pier by five feet, doubling the number of bents that support the deck and using stainless steel material.

Port Lavaca City Manager, Jody Weaver, says this new pier also marks the end of another milestone.

“Today’s celebration is not to only recognize the completion of this pier but also completion of all of our public assistance grant projects as a result of Hurricane Harvey,” says Weaver.

After the ceremony and a long four-year wait, people made their way down the pier to begin their fishing for the day all thanks to the people who supported the rebuilding process.

“But I’m so happy to have it and none of that would’ve happened if we didn’t have our community come through and push us and help us throughout the process,” says Mayor Whitlow