It's a shame, too. It was a very nice pier and the fishing was good.
The lady I talked with a while back at the Hancock Co. Sheriff's Office blamed it on the Feds.
It shouldn't take a year to re-open a pier damaged by a hurricane that made labdfall with 80mph winds. I get there was a significant storm surge, but come on. It never used to take a year to reopen a pier that's till standing-- as you can plainly see (click to zoom).