Riverside, California 2022-05-13 13:52:47 –
Corpus Christi City officials celebrated the completion and reopening of Flour Bluff’s Philip Dimit Park and Pier on Friday.
Named after Captain Philip Dimmitt, a Texas merchant and Texas Revolutionary figure, the pier was originally built in 1985 as a project to strengthen and attract tourists to Flour Bluff. Placed on Jester Street for great fishing in Laguna Madre.
“Since 1985, Dimit Park and Pier has served Flower Bluff and Corpus Christi,” said Mayor Paulette Guajardo. “In the last 37 years, parks and wharfs have become iconic community amenities.
The pier was damaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and the parking lot was destroyed by Hurricane Hannah in 2020.
“The Flour Bluff community was a voice gathered to advocate repairs and rethink what our piers and parks should be,” Guajardo said.
With a $ 740,000 project, the pier was rebuilt in 2021 and improvements such as parking, park areas, picnic tables and dog-friendly fountains were completed this year.
District 4 City Council member Greg Smith talked about the history of the pier and the importance of its name and location.
“Well, why do we have a pier named after him?” Smith asked. “Philip Dimmitt was a trader. He designed the original Texas flag to fly over Alamo. He bought Dimmitt Island, which is just above and is part of the Navy Air Base, and traded it. But it’s actually a smitting spot. “
Smith said traders would bring goods through Corpus Christi Pass, now known as the Packery Channel, before smuggling into Mexico.
“At Flour Bluff, I think we’re connected to that history, back to its independence, and sitting on the ground in a very important part of Texas history,” Smith said.
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