Gulf Group, out of Southport, has begun removing debris from the site of a section of the pier that collapsed after being struck by a barge during Tropical Storm Debbie, last year. Gulf Group will receive $566,200 for the work. The missing section of pier will be replaced by a wooden boardwalk reconnecting the main portion of the pier to the mainland. County Planner Alan Pierce said the county hopes the work will be completed by the end of June.