New Regulation for Gulf State Park Pier

After years of waiting, the new pier at Gulf State Park will soon be open to park visitors with a grand opening scheduled for Thursday July 23, 2009. A new Marine Police regulation (220-6-.59) creating a 300-foot buffer zone around the pier has been drafted to ensure the safety of both boaters and pier users. The original pier was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
 
The 300-foot ban is currently in effect under State Parks regulations. Those regulations restrict water related activities such as boating, swimming, wading, surfing, and scuba diving within 300-feet of the pier. Effective July 20, 2009, the new Marine Police regulation makes it illegal to use a boat, watercraft or other vessel within 300-feet of the new Gulf State Park pier.
 
“One of our highest priorities is to make sure that everyone using the park has a safe and enjoyable visit,” said Lawley. “The 100 yard buffer zone around the new pier will help to ensure they do.”
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.