MEXICO BEACH — While much of the county escaped relatively unscathed from Nate, the Mexico Beach pier is looking worse for wear.

Waves crashed over the top of the pier during the storm, pulling off the handrail around the t-dock and some of the cross rails closer to the water, according to city administrator Mell Smigielski. Structural engineers will be doing an assessment of the pier today and hopefully have workers repairing the structure tomorrow.

“I’m optimistic we’ll be able to reopen by the end of the week,” Smigielski said. “We try to do this quickly.”

Prior to the storm, Mexico Beach had already issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for companies to replace the pier. The city is hoping to receive money from Triumph Gulf Coast funds to replace the wooden pier with a concrete one.

“There’s no question wooden piers sustain a lot more damage during a storm,” Smigielski said. “Rather than fixing it time and time again, we want to build a concrete one.”