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Kite surfers take advantage of rough weather, despite closure of Lake Worth Pier

Kite surfers take advantage of rough weather, despite closure of Lake Worth Pier (WPEC)

Strong winds and rough waves forced city officials to close the Lake Worth Pier, saying it’s too dangerous.

The nasty weather hasn’t stopped people like Chase McGough from coming to the beach.

“A lot of times we don’t get waves like this, so to just take a walk and kind of look at the water. Possibly hop in it, who knows,” he said.

Matthew Greenberg was also checking out the waves Tuesday. He works at Benny’s on the Beach, attached to the pier.

“This is only the second time I’ve seen the pier shut down,” he said. “The conditions are pretty rough out here; it actually feels like hurricane Irma all over again.”

While the pier remains shut down, city officials have lifted several planks of wood to help soften the blow of the rough waves, waves that kite surfers are taking full advantage of.

City officials say they’ll continue to monitor the conditions out and reopen the pier once things clear up and calm down.

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