On Tuesday, May 23, the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution to replace the Grassy Sound Fishing Pier situated at the end of Old North Wildwood Blvd in Middle Township. Previously known as, and what remains of the old Grassy Sound Bridge, located at the center of the Grassy Sound Channel, the Grassy Sound Fishing Pier has been a popular fishing destination for generations.
The work will involve the removal of the existing dilapidated fishing pier that has been closed since last summer due to structural concerns, replacing the existing bulkhead, and building a new pier that will include lighting, aesthetic, and parking improvements. The permitting process is expected to take six to nine months with a target project completion date set for the end of Spring 2024. Colliers Engineering & Design Inc. has been appointed to provide professional services for the project.
The Grassy Sound Fishing Pier is owned by Cape May County and was managed by Middle Township since 2007 through a lease arrangement. Concluding the rehabilitation and construction of the site, Middle Township will provide routine maintenance and service to the Pier through a Shared Services Agreement. The Pier will provide free access for fishing and crabbing and added parking once construction is completed.
“This project is another example of how the Board of County Commissioners are working together with our municipalities to improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors. The Grassy Sound Fishing Pier has been a prime fishing and crabbing
location that has provided years of enjoyment to visitors to the Pier. The Board and I are excited to make improvements that will allow for fishing memories to continue at the site for future years to come,” said Desiderio.
“This is a great project and partnership, and we are excited to be working with the County on a project that supports recreational fishing and our environment here in the Township of Middle,” said Middle Township’s Mayor Tim Donohue. “The Grassy Sound Fishing Pier is a real asset to Middle Township and the County as a whole, and it will be a great day when it reopens to the community.”