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Business Observer Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019 6 months ago

Irma-damaged boardwalk reopens

After 18 months, Tin City waterfront access restoration completed.

NAPLES — More than a year after being damaged by Hurricane Irma, the historic Tin City waterfront boardwalk in Naples has reopened.

Pure Florida, Tin City ownership and the engineering firm of Turrell, Hall & Associates collaborated to restore the boardwalk, which includes a pedestrian connection beneath U.S. 41, allowing people to walk along the waterfront uninterrupted between Tin City, Bayfront and beyond, according to a statement. 

“We are excited the modernized boardwalk will ensure our guests have the best experience possible during their visit,” says Pure Florida owner Harry Julian in the release. 

Because the seawall supports the boardwalk and waterfront restaurants, the restoration project took 18 months to complete. The new boardwalk is made from the dense hardwood ipe, the same wood used at the Naples City Dock, Naples Pier and the Gordon River Greenway. Also known as Brazilian walnut, ipe structures are hard, strong, and naturally resistant to rot, abrasion, weather and insects, according to the statement. 

First built in the 1920s, Tin City features more than 65 retail stores, restaurants and boutiques and other businesses. 

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