The Naples Pier, pictured before Hurricane Donna came ashore on September 10, 1960, was first built in 1888, then rebuilt after the hurricanes of 1910, 1926, 1944, and 1960. The pier served as the main gateway to Naples for nearly 30 years. With the arrival of train service in 1927 and the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928, the pier lost its importance as a dock, but remained a popular place to fish and to watch the sunset over the gulf. In the 1920’s, dances were often held on the broad planks, and a sign requested that those fishing, “Please keep the fish off the dance floor.” The pier is now the well-known symbol of Naples.
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