Longer and stronger. The private, 500 ft Margate Fishing Pier is likely to get an extra 125 ft of angler enjoyment.
NJ DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) Green Acres program could soon provide funds to fix problems brought about by regular dredging and sand pumping in the area.
There’s one condition though. The State of NJ will pick up the tab as long as half the pier is open to all.
For the first time in nearly 100 years, a portion of Margate’s Fishing Pier at Exeter Ave could soon be open to the general public.
These new rules would go into effect upon the pier’s acceptance of $850,000 state grant, aka ‘Green Acres’ funding.
The current Margate Fishing Pier could be extended by at least 125 feet.
The pier and clubhouse at Exeter Ave, officially known as the Anglers Club of Absecon Island, has 125 members who pay $320 per year.
The City of Margate will be responsible for maintenance of this section of pier. We might just see benches and picnic tables too.
Mayor Becker, and Commissioners Amodeo and Blumberg: have yet to comment on how the pier project could tie into the potential rebuild of Margate’s Boardwalk.
- What about public right of way between bulkhead and dune?
- Do we need a beach tag to enjoy the pier?
- How will the public access the pier? The City will construct a staircase that ascends from the beach to the pier. At this point, there is no plan for direct access from the street end.
According to Press of Atlantic City: Margate Fishing Pier public access will only be allowed from April thru October. Hmmm. If true, we’re pretty sure the DEP won’t like hearing that.
Watch Margate Fishing Pier Video from 2017 :
Controversial dredging and sand pumping during the summer of 2017 disrupted much of the fishing and undersea marine life in that area. Within 6 months, a majority of that sand had already washed away, much of it ending up in the back bays and channels of Longport and Margate.
During low tides, the Margate fishing pier is high and dry. Even at high tide, it’s really not much better.
An official agreement for the project still needs to be voted on by the Margate Commissioners.
Margate Beach replenishment was not only expensive and disruptive, it was vehemently opposed by most oceanfront and beach block property owners. Margatians never really wanted man-made dunes, fully aware that most storm damage come from back bay flooding, over-development, and chronic drainage issues.
Members of the The Anglers Club would like to make the pier even longer. They’ll need to raise those funds themselves.
Work on the Margate Pier extension could begin Fall 2019.
Visit the Margate Fishing Pier open house: July 27 and Aug. 24 from 10a to 11:30a.