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Jacksonville Beach Pier will be closed July 4th weekend for fireworks preparations

Jacksonville Beach Pier is going to be the site of a Fireworks display on the 4th of July, so it's closed to the public, but will open next week.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Beach Pier will be closed over the July 4th weekend for fireworks preparations, as it’s the site of the display, City of Jacksonville said. 

"We are looking to open the pier sometime next week but will let you know the actual dates as soon as we can," COJ said.

Once the pier opens, people will be able to get a view from hundreds of yards out in the Atlantic Ocean.

"You get a totally different perspective at the end of the pier," said Jacksonville city council member, Rory Diamond. "If you look north, you can see all the way to Mayport Naval Station. If you look south, you see way past Ponte Vedra, totally different view of our beaches, and you see just how beautiful the place we live really is."  

The pier is set to open after being closed for the last few years after sustaining serious damage from Hurricane's Matthew and Irma. Diamond also added the pier experienced construction delays along the way. 

Diamond said the new pier was built to sustain future storms and should last 100 years.

"The great thing about the new pier is it rises up about 12 feet about two thirds of the way in," Diamond said.

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The pier is expected to bring even more people to the beach for the views and fishing. Local businesses also hope beach goers stay for the good eats.

"Anything that brings more people to the area I think helps all of us, helps all of the businesses in the area I personally believe our product is phenomenal, and I think people come in here trying us for the first time is a great thing," V Pizza owner, Dave Villmow, said. 

Villmow's location in Jacksonville Beach is right across the street from the pier. Giving it a front row seat to the July 4th firework show, that will return to the pier for the first time in several years.

"There's almost nothing more 'July Fourthy' on July 4 than going to the beach to watch fireworks. I think it's phenomenal, thank god it's coming back, and I hope they don't take it away from us again," Villmow added. 

Diamond said the City of Jacksonville and the City of Jacksonville Beach are working on an agreement that would hand over management of the pier to the City of Jacksonville Beach. Diamond said the agreement should be finalized within the next six months. 

The District 13 council member added he would like to see entertainment options on the pier. But, it's unclear if that will happen. 

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