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Remains of Camp Helen State Park pier removed

State Park workers removing remains of the pier
State Park workers removing remains of the pier(WJHG Newsroom)
Updated: Mar. 24, 2022 at 4:06 PM CDT
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INLET BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The remains of an iconic landmark in Inlet Beach have officially been torn down.

Built more than 60 years ago, the pier at Camp Helen State Park had been ravaged by some of the worst storms this area has seen, especially the 1975 Hurricane Eloise.

What was left of the pier is just a few piles of wood, until recently. The final pieces of the structure have been uprooted from the sand and removed.

One resident that lives adjacent to the park says the decision to tear down the pier could affect how many future visitors the Camp Helen State Park sees.

“I know people that don’t know that it’s gone. They are going to come out there to get their picture taken or go see the pier they saw last year when they were here visiting it at Pinnacle Port or coming down to Camp Helen. They are going to walk up there and the pier is going to be gone. It’s going to be disorienting, to say the least. It will definitely impact future visitors,” said Whitfield Roberts, who lives next to Camp Helen State Park.

The local landmark had been shown in several famous pictures and music videos. For more information on the history of the pier at Camp Helen State Park, you can go here.

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