It may appear to be a “Pier to Nowhere” …
But in the days before roads
it was the only gateway into town:
Boats docked there to send in freight and passengers.
Those of course were the days
when the wealthy wintered in Florida
(they still do);
Summers were too humid
without air conditioning
(they still are).
But they are famously young – just 5,000 years old,
Or in other words,
Not too much older than the Great Pyramid of Giza.
But the Naples Pier has been built and rebuilt 5 times in the past century and a half.
(a) Egypt doesn’t have hurricanes!
(b) Limestone blocks are stronger than wood
(c) Saltwater deterioration
(d) Strength of tidal and long shore currents
(e) Permit oversights
(f) All except “e”