Naples Pier reopens after gusty storms from tropical depression

Posted at 11:18 PM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 08:19:53-04

City officials reopened the Naples Pier Tuesday evening.  The pier was closed earlier Tuesday due to 30 knot winds from Tropical Depression 9.  

The storm battered Collier County's coastline with rain and heavy surf.  But the nasty weather didn't keep everyone off the beach

"These waves are perfect for surfing and skim boarding," said Barron Collier High student Christian Philpone.
Christian wasn't the only surfer enjoying the beach.
"We actually have about 15 people from our school out here today, because everyone's practice for their sports got canceled today cause of storms," said his friend Sam Kabral.
While the pier was closed to the public, swimmers were allowed in the water, but at their own risk.
"Remember that you can get rip tides in this kind of weather, the undertow is terrible, and you can exhaust yourself pretty quick," said Harbormaster Roger Jacobson.
Jacobson said while no humans had to be rescued, several sea turtle nests were washed out to sea during the storm.