One of the most iconic images from Hurricane Katrina is the aerial photo of the devastated Interstate 10 twin span bridges connecting New Orleans to Slidell. The sheer devastation of this interstate highway bridge demonstrates the power that was unleashed on the entire New Orleans metro area, including St. Tammany Parish, on August 29, 2005.
The St. Tammany Fishing Pier is a testament to the resilience of the citizens of St. Tammany Parish. After the storm destroyed the original I-10 Twinspans, then Parish President Kevin Davis decided to repurpose the structure for public use. The Parish worked cooperatively with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to see the plan through to fruition. After securing funding through local, state and federal sources, the 650 foot pier was opened to the public in June of 2012, making history as the first public fishing pier in the region since the 1960s. However, when Hurricane Isaac hit in 2012, the pier was damaged, and was subsequently closed. Parish President Pat Brister directed that the pier be reopened as quickly as possible. Repairs to the pier were complete in December of 2013, and the Pier reopened to the public in January of 2014.
The fishing pier is just one of the many recreational jewels that pepper St. Tammany Parish. Its legacy is a reflection of the citizens of St. Tammany and their determination in the face of adversity. Generations of families will enjoy the pier for many years to come. fishingpier.stpgov.org