Sarasota, Florida -- A popular Sarasota bait shop has been closed after a city inspector found it to be unsafe Thursday afternoon
Sarasota City officials says Hart's Landing, located at the west end of the Ringling Bridge along Sarasota Bay, has been shut down. An inspection by a structural engineer found the pilings to be "waiting to give way."
City officials say Hart's Landing is owned by the city, but it is managed and routine maintenance is provided by Sarasota County. The county leases the bait shop. The concessionaire is being allowed to remove his bait and store items.
The bait shop is a popular stop for fishing charters and recreational fishermen leaving from Marina Jack's.
The City plans to hire a private structural engineer to further inspect Hart's Landing and recommend repairs. In the meantime, city and county officials are discussing ways to provide facilities for the public including possible portable bathrooms.
Hart's Landing was constructed in 1960.