Views from the Porch, Pier Construction

Pier building is underway!

We were hoping to be further along than this by now,

but the pier builders didn’t work over the holiday weekend

and then the beginning of the week was rainy…

but we’re making progress!

They’ve taken out most of the old pilings,

leaving a few key pilings to mark the footprint of the original pier

so they can rebuild it exactly the way it was before the hurricane

If you make any changes

you have to get approval from the Army Corps of Engineers

which is a long involved process

Almost every pier and marina sustained major damage

in Orange Beach during Hurricane Sally last September

so we feel lucky to have gotten this far

It is a tedious process,

they use a crane on a barge to remove old pilings and set the new ones

Once the old pilings and other debris was on the beach

they physically carried it to a trailer on the street in front of the house

Luckily a crew showed up to help carry the old out and the new in

We were amazed at the strength and agility of these guys,

not to mention the primitive process of this building

They have a large pipe device that is like a reverse vacuum,

they position it in the water where they want to set the piling

and it shoots air into the sand and creates a deep hole

that they insert the piling into

We have one of our boats anchored to the shore

just past the construction zone

The big boat is still being repaired,

it’s taking forever because of shortages due to the pandemic

The Blue Angels annual July air show in Pensacola was yesterday

so we caught glimpses of them practicing all week

You never know what you’re going to see from the porch…

Hopefully our pier will look like it used too soon!

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37 Responses to “Views from the Porch, Pier Construction”
  1. It is very clean and beautiful even though it’s under construction. You live in a very nice area, Jenna.

  2. Charlotte Hall says:

    I love seeing the “how” of how things get done! We, too, are waiting on repairs to our RV, due to shortages of replacement parts. I recently was fascinated to watch how our big ‘ole RV was loaded onto a low boy trailer (in a monumental rain storm) & then hauled down the highway to the repair shop. White knuckle trip, for sure! Great blog today – thanks!

    • Thanks Charlotte, it is fascinating to watch the process and I can’t believe how strong and agile these guys are! Good luck on your RV repairs, I hope it doesn’t take too long…

  3. BERNADETTE says:

    The Volkswagen Bus photo is priceless. Happy Sunday.

  4. I know you are thrilled that your pier is under construction. Oh that VW!! Happy Sunday, Jenna!

  5. Best of luck with the renovation Jenna! Love the bug on the barge:@)

  6. Martha says:

    I’m so happy for you that it’s finally getting done, it sure has been a long time coming. Love the VW! Have a great Sunday Jenna. 🙂

  7. Rita C. says:

    Lol, that VW bus on the pontoon! Glad to see you’re making progress. Same is true here on the river with construction and Corps of Engrs approval…..except for those who don’t get it. 🙄 Here, one of the local coal ports’ barges do all the work, including transporting the pilings taken away.

    • We thought they would use barges to deliver the new and take the old, watching them carry those heavy pilings and trudging through the sand is grueling work, but they’re always laughing and smiling, really nice guys, and we’re so grateful!

  8. thefrenchhutch says:

    I know how happy you must be to see your pier finally building rebuilt. What a grueling process but thankfully you have a crew that knows how to get it done and have a happy smile. Hope it’s finished soon and everything is back to normal……

  9. Rosie M. says:

    WoW! Hallelujah, Jenna. I’m so happy for you! It’s fun to watch the process. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Nancy says:

    Glad your construction is underway.
    I enjoyed the Volkswagen bus picture. Too funny!
    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

  11. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I didn’t realize all that goes into building the pier. I know you are happy to have the construction underway. I always love seeing your beautiful beach area. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

    • Thank you Shannon, the pier guys are amazing, they are in and out of the water and have to be so strong to maneuver the heavy pilings…it’s fascinating to watch their process! Have a great week~

  12. lghiggins says:

    What a complicated process to rebuild a pier. Specialized knowledge and some strong men are certainly needed!

  13. Mary says:

    Good Morning Jenna, I know you’re glad to finally have dock construction underway! I remember watching our old one come down and new one go up years ago, what a process. The dock building companies on the lake use barges to remove the old pilings and dock debris which seems easier than hauling it to the street. Hope all the tropical weather and storms steer clear of you this season. Love that VW bus!

  14. It looks like a huge, complicated process (and an intriguing one) but hard work. At least you are well on the way to recovering! Now, let’s hope none of the fall storms come close to you!

    • Thank you Jeanie, it’s fascinating to watch them work and maneuver the huge heavy pilings! They are putting the new pilings in much deeper for extra stability and the pier decking will be made out of a heavy duty aluminum mesh that is storm proof. We are going to arrange to have the boats moved ashore if there is an approaching storm, so we won’t loose them again 🤞

  15. Ricki Treleaven says:

    You are making progress! It gives me a little hope, LOL! We had BAD storms at the lake over the weekend, and we even lost power Friday Night, but Alabama Power was ON IT and restored power in a matter of hours.

  16. Great progress! Good luck!

  17. Chloe Crabtree says:

    Construction of any kind right now is taking so long. It looks like this is coming along quite well. I know that you will be glad to have it finished!

  18. From the looks of your strong and agile crew, it appears they have built a dock or two and know what they are doing. I know the whole family will be happy when life returns to normal there.

  19. Kitty says:

    Yay for progress on your pier, Jenna! I know this must make you very happy.

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