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How far have they got on the pier?

testerman28testerman28 Posts: 1,329 Officer
been a while since i was there and we do have some trips coming up but was just wondering if the sheet pile is drove in yet?


  • SapingasKangasSapingasKangas Posts: 279 Officer
    It's been completed....and bad news for some, I hear there are vendors on the pier selling arepas and pan con bistec. The invasion is complete.
  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,237 AG
    Better savor your old photos boys.......
  • biminibradbiminibrad Posts: 373 Deckhand
  • Bimini DreamBimini Dream Posts: 407 Deckhand
  • testerman28testerman28 Posts: 1,329 Officer
    Sap, come on knock it off. I was just wondering how far they got. This year has been tough on the Bahamas and the weather makes it hard for anyone to cross sometimes especially with a loaded boat. so putting non seafaring people on the boat will work for some. Also I am asking because the airfares are very high for the Bahamians themselves and they do come back n forth for supplies and vacation. Anyway thanks for the update.. !?!

    PS a cat show works in key west so stranger things have happened! :)
  • Sheet piling sailed out of Ft. Pierce in the last week or so. US contractor gone, a Mexican contractor finishing the sheet piling for the Island.

    Word at Miami is that US Customs is teaching the Genting boys a lesson with slow and long customs clearance upon return.

    Hey genting, rule number one, don't **** off customs!
  • testerman28testerman28 Posts: 1,329 Officer
    . :) so basically it is on 'Bimini Time'... is there a difference in the rig that needs to set the main piles vs just a sheet pounding rig? Mexico has a pier like this I think..
    I do agree though Ron I would much rather pull up in that area in the middle of the day with my dinner in the fish box, dive gear all over the boat, towels hanging all over the boat, my wife in a swim suit making me a rum.. and looking inshore at a nice beach and the trees you used as ranges all day.. we drifted many times over ares like the Bimini Wall just cleaning up the boat.. adjust your straw hat some get some sunscreen on and enjoy life.. sad facts are most will never do that.. there is a casino and a pool.. :(

    customs is a big deal to get through especially right now with the Cuban Embargo coming up and the "repubs" and "demo's crats" going at it over Immigration.. <~ glad them .. and Customs can run themselves without Obama and Speaker Boehner..
    we called for airfare and it was crazy.. $400.00 average to very high dollar.. 50 - 60 gallons of fuel is only about a $250.00 run.. it's worth taking your boat!
    Weather again makes Bimini special you have crossed when you said never again.. :) we shall see if the big boat can hold the pier..
  • Bimini time for sure. Not sure why the Florida contractor pulled off or if he even had the sheet piling in his contract. The same rig he had could place the sheets as he did on the beach at the start of the job.

    Any rate, interesting to watch this summer.

    Been hearing some weird police stories from Bimini these days, but we will see how that front develops.

    Certainly, Bimini will change!

    I'm closing my eyes right now thinking of that drift like Test, with a rum in hand watching the deep drop bounce........
  • biminibradbiminibrad Posts: 373 Deckhand
    Flying over tomm, will get some arials
  • edkedk Posts: 38 Greenhorn
    I was there this weekend. Here's a couple of pictures - not the greatest quality as they are from a moving boat with a telephoto lens:

    Wahoo fishing was slow :cry

  • testerman28testerman28 Posts: 1,329 Officer
    thanks for the update Ed.. ( I have made my crew do 3 turns to the left with a beverage in their hand to take the wahoo no bite bad jujuj away..)
  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    edk wrote: »

    Wahoo fishing was slow :cry


    was at a wedding this weekend and a guy showed me a pic of a hoo caught Fri off Isaacs that was **** near 100lbs, said they caught several others as well, fwiw
  • edkedk Posts: 38 Greenhorn
    dpdash wrote: »
    was at a wedding this weekend and a guy showed me a pic of a hoo caught Fri off Isaacs that was **** near 100lbs, said they caught several others as well, fwiw

    Sounds like we got there a day late. :banghead We went over on Saturday - fished down to Ocean Cay and back without a bite. We fished north on Sunday up to Isaacs, got our one and only fish around the corner on our way back in the evening. We only saw a couple on the docks at Sea Crest and Blue Water.

  • biminibradbiminibrad Posts: 373 Deckhand
    Looks like a lot more pilings and cement gangway, no sheet pilings though.
  • pescador67pescador67 Posts: 66 Deckhand
    I thought they did a pretty good amount of seasonal dockage for American based boats. The marinas both look practically empty.
  • Lucky7Team2Lucky7Team2 Posts: 6,793 Admiral
    pescador67 wrote: »
    I thought they did a pretty good amount of seasonal dockage for American based boats. The marinas both look practically empty.

    Most boats are out fishing mid day :)
  • It actually looks like a change in plans from original design. Maybe they have decided to built a Tee head pier with no 4.5 acre Island. They still do not have a dredge permit for the Island and no dredge in the US is planned to be there. Every single rock dredge in the US East coat is busy right now with ongoing projects. A sand dredge could fill the Island but not dredge the turning basin.

    I always said they did not need the turning basin since Bimini fast needs only about 18' of water. The dredging was alway a ruse since it was the cheapest way to build the Island.

    Those groups of pipe piling very close together were never part of the original design and suggest the Island is not going to happen. This sis good news, the pier is no where near as damaging as the Island or the associated dredging.

    We'll wait and see, apparently the load from Fort Pierce was more pipe piles and not the sheets. I checked with the Southern US sheet piling supplier and nothing has been ordered for Bimini from either US mills or Europe according to sources.
  • surfercrosssurfercross Posts: 65 Deckhand
    My neighbor works for a bridge building firm and I was telling him about whats going on in bimini.He said his company was asked to do the pier but was rejected because they were to expensive.He said the company from miami that was doing the job had to pull out.The company he works for did the Disney island and he was telling me of all the studies they had to do regarding sand flow.He said that project will fail.
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