Fishing Pier Reopens Today in Wake of Hurricane Sandy
CAPE CHARLES WAVE
March 1, 2013
Four months after Hurricane Sandy twisted the Cape Charles fishing pier like a piece of taffy, it’s ready for use again.
Public Works Director Dave Fauber said workers finished repairs Thursday and the pier would reopen as soon as he inspected the work.
The cost for repairs was about $4,500, down from an earlier estimate of $10,000.
The Town had hoped that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) would bear the cost, and so waited three months before taking up the work.
But FEMA officials finally explained that any repairs in Cape Charles would take a back seat to restoration work in New Jersey, where hurricane damage was far worse.
Fauber said it’s still possible that FEMA will eventually reimburse the Town for the repairs.
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Town officials want to construct a new portion of the pier closer to the Town Harbor which would connect to the existing deeper water section. Cost is estimated at $250,000.
During budget discussions yesterday, Town Council member Steve Bennett said that a new pier should not be built immediately since repairs were just made to the old section.