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A look back at the Indian Rocks Beach Pier

Photo courtesy Island Shop, IRB

The 1,041 foot long Big Indian Rocks Fishing Pier was a popular destination and hangout for visitors and locals alike for decades. It opened June of 1959, was built entirely of wood, 12 feet wide and and the longest pier in Florida at that time, Sadly, in 1985, the pier was completely destroyed by Hurricane Elena, Local folks reported finding parts and debris from the Pier as far away as Tarpon Springs after the storm. An exhibit highlighting it's history and artifacts is on display at the IRB Historical Museum.

In the lower left photo there is a shorter pier, 300 ft. Located at Mayo's Cottages, a real "Fish Camp" on the Gulf. The Mayos, John and May were from Mulberry and had owned a small bar and grill with a pool room in the back located on Hwy 60.









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