In 1922 a two lane bridge was constructed across the Indian River Lagoon. In 1949 the recently replaced swing-span bridge was constructed. Titusville purchased a 600 foot portion of the old bridge for use as a fishing pier. It became very popular with fishermen and shrimpers from far and wide. Many a family supper was obtained here. Catching bait fish & shrimp was a part of our local economy. It was a beautiful place to take the family or a special friend for a picturesque walk.
In February 1977 a Gold Star Mothers' plaque was installed dedicating the pier as a memorial to those who served our country in the Armed Forces. It was stolen sometime in 2004 and replaced in March, 2008.
Starting in 2000 the pier had to be closed numerous times for repair. In October, 2005 hurricanes caused serious damage to the pier. Two boats that came loose from their moorings compounded the damage significantly. Planning to repair this popular part of Titusville's heritage, industry and recreation has been underway for years.
In May, 2006 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to pay a part of the repair costs. Studies were started. In July, 2007, the amount of repair/replacement costs FEMA would reimburse was increased to over 3 million dollars. More studies were started. The original design company was replaced with one that would plan a lower, more fishing friendly pier. A 2009 opening date is being contemplated.
On March 7, 2008 a replacement memorial plaque was "rededicated" and the concession stand opened. A small finger pier is available for the public.
Ground Breaking for Veterans' Memorial Pier Concession Building
The ground breaking ceremony for the concession building at the Veterans'
Memorial Pier in Titusville, Florida, was held Monday, May 10, 2004, at 9:00
a.m. The anticipated construction period for this North Brevard Recreation
Referendum project is six months during which the pier, finger pier, and
associated parking lot will be closed.
For more information, please call
Photo left to right:
Crizzer Kennedy, Daniel Wood, Richard LeAndro, Larry Clark, Ken Ward, Ted
Beck, Commissioner Truman Scarborough, Molly Farace.
March 31, 2005 -- City of Titusville "Up-N-Coming"
Veteran's Memorial Pier – Construction is underway on the reconstruction of the piers, concession stand and bait shop at the Veteran's Memorial Pier. The restoration project will bring a new kitchen area for the concession stand, new sales area for the bait shop, new restrooms, and a new weather enclosure for outside dining. The contractor is ABBA Construction of Jacksonville. (Original submission date March 2003)
This photo of the Fishing Pier was taken from the Max Brewer bridge, which was closed to traffic when a 60' sailboat broke loose during hurricane Wilma and caused structural damage.
December 26, 2005 - The Snack bar is well underway. Pier repairs have not yet been made.
North side of Max Brewer Causeway (Rt. 406/402), just off the west end of the bridge.
June 10, 2009
Titusville Marina Park &
TITUSVILLE, Fla.- Brevard County Parks & Recreation will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of Marina Park, at 501 Marina Road in Titusville on Tuesday, June 23 at 4 p.m.
Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier
to be held June 23
Immediately following the groundbreaking, there will be a celebration at the Titusville Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier concession building, 2 A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway in Titusville, for the commencement of construction for the replacement of the A. Max Brewer Bridge, the fishing pier, and the docks at Parrish Park-Titusville. Light refreshments will be served at the pier concession, and the public is invited to attend.
The Marina Park Referendum Project concept originally included a new home for Titusville Little League and was awaiting the completion of softball fields at Chain of Lakes in order to relocate youth and adult softball activities from Marina Park. When the Titusville Little League disbanded, a new conceptual plan for the park was proposed by the Marina Park Referendum Committee and North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation.
The new plan includes increasing from one to three boat ramps with associated parking, new restrooms, picnic structures and gazebos, a playground, a skate park, a splash park, and a softball field. If additional funding is obtained, a dog park, pavilion with kitchen and restrooms, and bocce ball court will be added. This $3.2 million project is funded by the 2000 and 2006 North Brevard Recreation Special District Bond Referendums for Recreational Facilities and by the Florida Boating Improvement Program.
The Titusville Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier was damaged extensively during Hurricane Wilma in 2005, requiring replacement of the entire structure. The replacement pier will be constructed of concrete, and its deck will be approximately six feet from the water, compared to the previous ten feet. FEMA is providing funding of up to $3.4 million.
Marina Park and Titusville Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier are owned by the City of Titusville and operated by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department through an interlocal agreement.
The swing span bridge on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway in Titusville is being replaced with a high-rise bridge just south of the existing bridge. Underneath the north side of the new bridge will be a catwalk, for fishing and enjoyment of the Indian River Lagoon. This is a Florida Department of Transportation bridge project with the Board of County Commissioners, Florida Inland Navigation District, and Florida Department of Transportation partnering for the cost of the catwalk.
The Parrish Park-Titusville floating boat docks that were damaged during Tropical Storm Fay last year are being replaced with stationary aluminum docks and concrete pilings. Funding is provided by FEMA and the Brevard Boating Improvement Program.
For more information, please call North Area Parks Operations at (321) 264-5105.
According to research done by the North Brevard Historical Society, Albert "Max" Brewer was a Titusville attorney in the 1950s and succeeded William Akridge as State Representative from Brevard County. In 1961 Gov. Bryant appointed Brewer to the State Road Board. In 1966 Brewer was killed when his private plane crashed. In 1983 a swing span bridge was renamed the A. Max Brewer Bridge in his honor. The swing span was replaced by the new bridge below.
Moonrise "under" the Max Brewer Bridge (from Sand Point Park).
Fishing Pier under the Max Brewer Bridge loooking east.
The new Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier - August, 2011.