SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas
Construction begins on Clayton’s Pier on the northern end of South Padre Island.
At 1,000 feet long, it will be the only pier facing the Gulf of Mexico for deep water fishing.
The project is a private investment by business owner Clayton Brashear. It will be built between Clayton’s Beach Bar and the newly finished Courtyard by Marriot.
“It’s a private pier. I own a 100 percent of it,” says Brashear, “I have a state lease. I lease the ground under the ocean where the pier sits. The state lease money goes into the school land fund.”
The project will be built in several phases to accommodate environmental protections. Right now, is testing underway to make sure that each of the 35-45 ft poles goes in the exact position.
According to Brashear, the goal is to have 40 poles installed from now until March the 15th. He tells us that he would like to finish 200 feet of pier built by the March deadline.
“We’re going to charge 10 dollars a pole to get out there and fish. You can walk on for free,” says Brashear. “The idea is to have something the valley can really have and call their own.”
The final phase of the project includes a restaurant, bait shop, and restrooms.
Current deep-water fishing options near the coast include going off on a boat or fishing at the jetties on Isla Blanca park. Once complete, Clayton’s Pier is looking to be a third option for fishermen.
Brashear says, “Every year we’ll just try to make as much as we can done and the we stop again. [It took] Seven years to get a permit. I don’t know how long it will take me to build it, but as soon as we get it built, we want people to start using it.”
Clayton’s Pier is not the first attempt to have a pier along the beach in SPI.
Kleinman’s Pier sat a few yards away from the new construction site from 1968 to the 1980s.
Kleinman’s facility fell to hurricane Beulah and subsequent storms.
With more traffic and recently built hotels, Brashear remains optimistic for the future of his pier.
Pier Details as described by Brashear on 2/12/2020
Total length: 1000 Ft.
Location: Northern SPI Coast, Next to Clayton’s Beach Bar
Parking: Free at Claytons
Access: $10.00 per fishing pole, Free to walk and enter without fishing gear.
Amenities: Restaurant, Bait Shop, Restrooms
Completion: Undetermined, built in phases to accommodate sea turtle nesting seasons.