Bradenton Beach officials view Bridge Street Pier work

BRADENTON BEACH -- Several city officials gathered Wednesday morning to walk through of the historic Bridge Street Pier, which has been under reconstruction since last summer.

Among those in attendance: Bradenton Beach Mayor William Shearon, Vice Mayor Jack Clarke, Commissioner Jan Vosburgh and former Mayor John Shaughnessy. Representatives with the pier contractor, Sarasota-based Duncan Seawall, Dock and Boat Lift LLC, were also present.

"To me it was breathtaking," Shearon said. "Everything just came together and it's just beautiful."

According to Shearon, the $2 million project is under budget.

The soft public opening will take place at 10 a.m. Jan 23.

"It's been a joint effort and something that we're all very proud of," Shearon said.

Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.