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SLIDELL, La. - A new fishing pier in Slidell is already a popular spot for people who like to fish.

More than 500 people checked out the pier for its grand opening on Friday, with almost 1,800 people visiting the pier on its first weekend, officials said.

The wooden pier sits above an artificial reef created with concrete from the old twin spans.

The next major event at the pier is the first Fishing Pier Rodeo on June 2.

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