Dauphin Island pier to open, complete habitat restoration project

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Oct 02,  2006

The Town of Dauphin Island will celebrate the completion of the Alonzo Landing Pier on Thursday, Oct. 5, with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.

The 100-foot pier serves as a wildlife viewing platform and is an educational element of a larger salt marsh conservation and restoration project. The project included placing nearly 200 concrete breakwaters near the shoreline to protect the marsh from boat wash and wind erosion. Several derelict boats also were removed from the site during the habitat restoration project.

Dauphin Island is notable not only as a beach getaway, but also as a nesting and stopover area for migratory birds. The new pier is designed to give public access to the island’s little-known ecological role. It is the result of an ongoing collaboration among the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, the Town of Dauphin Island, the Alabama State Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bridgestone Firestone Retail and Commercial Operations LLC, community volunteers, such as local Boy Scouts, and The Gulf of Mexico Foundation.

Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier will cut the ribbon and officially open the pier for use during the ceremony.

What: Ribbon cutting ceremony for Alonzo Landing pier.
Where: Alonzo Landing is located on Bienville Boulevard at Billy Goat Hole near the Dauphin Island ferry landing.
When: 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 5.


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