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Norway Bay pier closed for 2024

Bristol’s decision follows recommendation from engineering study

by Sophie Kuijper Dickson
Bristol
Mar. 4, 2024
The Municipality of Bristol has decided to keep the Norway Bay pier closed for the entirety of the 2024 season. The beach and boat launch will remain open.
The decision came after council received the final report from an engineering firm that investigated the structural integrity of the pier last fall.
The report found the pier to be in poor condition and recommended it be closed for the season, according to Bristol mayor Brent Orr.
“Once we got the report we were obligated to close it up until the repairs are made,” Orr told
THE EQUITY following the Mar. 4 council meeting where the report was received.
The municipality’s insurance company also recommended full closure of the pier to ensure no injuries occur.
Orr said municipal employees would be asked to remove the docks from the pier and erect a fence barring access, adding that while it was too early to say for how long the pier would be closed, the plan is to repair it and not to tear it down.
“It’s just a matter of how and when,” he said.

Valerie Twolan-Graham, Bristol councilor for the Norway Bay community, noted the . . .

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