Taking a stroll onto the brand new South Pointe Park pier, Francis Gimenez caught her breath. After living 20 years on South Beach, she's been waiting for something like this.
"It's beautiful," she said, smiling.
The pristine 450-foot walkway over the water gleams with brand new concrete, lightweight aluminum, and wood that's resistant to insects.
"This is something for us to enjoy in different ways," Gimenez said.
There's room to fish, admire the Miami skylines, and wave as cruise ships pass by. The front gate has an Art Deco style like no other pier.
"It's definitely something different," said David Martinez, a city engineer. "Very South Beach."
Construction on the pier began last year and cost $4.8 million. Admission is free for anyone who wants to walk on it. Starting Saturday the gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and stay open until dusk seven days a week.