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History of The Redington Long Pier

The Redington area was formed in the early 1930s when Charles Ezra Redington purchased the land from David Welch, who at the time, owned most of the land from Johnís Pass to Indian Rocks Beach. In 1935, Redington built his first permanent residence in what is now Redington Beach.


The wooden fishing pier jutting into the Gulf was a common sight along the beaches during the postwar era. At one time, eight piers were counted in the Redington area. The Redington Long Pier in Redington Shores is the lone survivor today. The Pier cost $200,000 when it was constructed in 1962 by Charles Redington.


Erine Torok, an Ohio native, took a vacation to Florida in 1962 to experience some of the marvelous fishing he had heard about. This was just in time when the Redington Long Pier had just been completed two months earlier. Torok was fascinated by the pier structure, which stretched 1,021 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. Six years later, Torok and his wife Wilda sold their dog shop and bought the Pier. Torok then added the bait house, restrooms, and shelters.

On December 27, 1985, the Pier lost 300 feet when a runaway 250 foot-long barge carrying 5,000 tons of rock plowed into the end of the wooden pier structure. Fortunately, no one was injured after this incident. Within the same year, Torok was able to repair the pier as well as elongate and widen the end of the pier structure.

Torok himself has caught flounder up to 7.5 lbs, grouper up to 14 lbs, jackfish over 20 lbs, redfish up to 43 lbs, kingfish up to 43 lbs, cobia up to 54 lbs, and even jewfish up to 450 lbs. Torok also caught many tarpon, the last of which is still mounted on the wall by the bait house today. The Redington Long Pier has been home for Torok until he died. People of all ages still come to the Pier today and gaze at the memorable sign Torok hung at the Pier entrance which reads: The Gods do not subtract from the allotted span of menís lives the hours spent on fishing.


After Torok died in 1998, the management of the Pier then fell into the hands of AmSouth Bank, in which the Pier began to become badly neglected. Torokís wife Wilda visited the Pier after Hurricane Gordon, and was appalled by its poor condition. After seeing how much the Pier had been run down in the two years since AmSouth took it over, Wilda considered suing AmSouth for negligence. However, shortly after, the Pier was sold as is in its poor condition, taking it away from the hands of AmSouth.


After the Pier being badly neglected for two years, the Redington Long Pier was bought by the Antonious Family. The Antonious Family went through so much to rebuild the Pier after AmSouth Bank let it become run down by major hurricanes and tropical storms.

In order to save the pier, the new owners has spared at no expense in seeking to preserve this over 52 year-old landmark. As a duty to the town, the owners felt obliged to take out over $2.3 million dollars in loans to complete additional major renovations and replacements on the entire pier structure. The Antonious Family hired an engineer to put together a major renovation plan. Since the year 2000, repairs and replacements took place as the new owners had changed more than 40 piles, 2,600 bolts and nuts, 35 beams, 100 cross brassings, and 3,000 boards. The Antonious Family is committed to daily maintenance of the Pier as well as continuing to work do all that they can to keep the Pier safe for the public. The Antonious Family appreciates all the community support as we all together strive to preserve this soon-to-bee historic landmark, which will be remembered for future generations to come.


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