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Brick Fishing Pier Will Remain Closed For Summer

Popular pier beside the Mantoloking Bridge being improved

A popular fishing pier made out of the remnants of the old Mantoloking Bridge will remain closed all summer, county officials confirmed. But when it reopens, there will be a new pier installed, improved parking and amenities at the site.

Just before the Memorial Day holiday, anglers hoping to hook a striped bass, bluefish or summer flounder - all abundant near the pier - were met with a barrier and signs warning to stay out. The county-owned pier - a section of the old Mantoloking Bridge that was kept intact as a fishing area when the county built the current bridge several years ago - will remain closed until sometime in the fall, according to Michael Mangum, director of the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation.

"We just don’t want anyone getting hurt over there," Mangum said.

Those who fish off the pier, which is situated on the southwestern side of the bridge, park across Mantoloking Road on a county-owned lot that backs up to the former Traders Cove Marina. That parking lot will be improved and expanded and will be outfitted with a picnic area and restrooms, Mangum said.

In March, the Ocean County freeholders authorized $1.4 million to fund the improvements at the site.

The new fishing pier will be built on concrete pilings and situated closer to the water, Mangum .

Anglers looking for a place to fish while the Mantoloking Road pier is under construction aren't totally out of luck. Those seeking to wet a line can travel to the north end of town and fish in the Manasquan River off a pier that was built on the southwest side of the Route 70 bridge, beside the River Rock restaurant.

Jerseyclone June 07, 2011 at 10:23 AM
This is just one more republican injustice to the taxpayers--USE YOUR HEAD TO SCHEDULE WORK LIKE THIS NOT YOUR GREED TO FILL YOUR POCKETS--THINK ABOUT THE LITTLE GUY.
tom mullen June 07, 2011 at 11:20 PM
What the fkgmkgjnfrkj1rj. Why did we just get railroaded by that garbage issue and now we are spending all this money in these hard times. Can't wait for the election. Enough of this crap...
Daniel Nee (Editor) June 08, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Tom, just to be clear, the fishing pier is the business of the county freeholders, not the township council. The mayor/council of Brick had nothing to do with this decision or with the authorization of funding for the park/pier.
Jonnyboy June 10, 2011 at 01:43 PM
What a bunch of knuckleheads, to quote a line in the movie Cool Hand Luke: "there seems to be a lack of communication around here" . The County closes off the bridge, and the Township closes off the dock, at the same time. Peak season for fishing and crabbing and instead of closing one first and completeing the work then do the other, these idiots that make all the big bucks (our tax money no less), can't come up with a reasonable plan. Vote them all out and start fresh, County and local goverment. GRIP, GRIP, GRIP.
clamdigger June 10, 2011 at 02:04 PM
it's a real sign of the times when a bridge is considered to be a "Park".
Lauren July 20, 2011 at 03:05 PM
OH NO!!! Had a plan to take boys there on Monday to go crabbing. Can you still go under the bridge from the north side????
chris kohrherr May 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM
This is god dam ridiculous. Last summer I reached out to the county and they told me 2 months it would be complete now going on a year they are now saying another 3 months. I've been coming down to that site. Since I lived in jersey city. With my grandfather now I live in brick and have no access to crab u officals should be all fired. First the pier now the F cove. Get your heads out of your asses and allow us some recreation on our favorite sites
chris kohrherr May 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Lauren its all closed. County workers just milking the job. Its unreal
Tom Cular July 13, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Tom, we've disageed in the past, but I sure agree with you on this one!!!

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