A new view of the ocean

Clayton’s Gulf Fishing Pier is currently open to Clayton’s customers for photographs and viewing only. The pier will be open during various times throughout the summer and winter seasons. By Alana Hernandez, Coastal Current Weekly

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Starting this summer, beachgoers will be able to witness the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico from a new perspective.

Clayton’s Gulf Fishing Pier is continuing to make progress in its construction and will be open during various times throughout the summer and winter seasons.

According to Clayton Brashear, owner of the pier and Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, construction of the project has stopped because of sea turtle nesting season and will not resume until October.

Once complete, the handicap accessible pier will stretch 1,000-feet into the Gulf and it will have concessions, gift shop, bait shop and restrooms.

Brashear said the pier will be a great place for visitors to relax, grab a bite to eat and get a nice view of the gulf.

Construction of the project began Feb. 10, 2019 and around 200-feet of the pier has been built so far.

Brashear said at this time, the pier is open to Clayton’s customers for photographs and viewing only.

Signs are posted near the entrance of the pier that include a list of rules, such as no skateboards or bicycles, no dogs or pets, no climbing on the rails and no ice chests or glass.

Every Friday and Saturday night, visitors will be able to catch a view of Clayton’s firework shows from the pier.

According to Brashear, he thought of the idea to create the pier soon after he opened his beach bar in 2012.

He said it took seven years to get the permit to build it.

According to Brashear, he leases the land under the water that the pier sits on from the Texas General Land Office and the money from the lease goes into the school land fund.

Brashear said he looks forward to continuing construction of the pier next fall.

“The progress is terrific and after (7) of permitting, working around the nesting season we are making great progress, Brashear stated in a text. “It’s a must see for all SPI visitors.”

Brashear said he believes the pier will be good for the area and will give people a chance to fish in deeper water.

“The RGV is now home to over 1,500,000 people. I want them to have the same opportunity to visit Clayton’s Gulf Pier as folks living in the upper Texas coast have had visiting piers in Galveston and Corpus Christi for the past 50 years,” Brashear stated. “I grew up in Brownsville so the RGV is and always will be my home.”