Portsmouth drowning inspires plan to build fishing pier

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 21 at 6:17 PM

PORTSMOUTH-- In light of recent drowning cases, a Portsmouth city council member is proposing building a fishing pier at City Park.

“The fact is we need a fishing pier. Here we are a waterfront community, and there aren’t safe places to fish,” council member Bill Moody said.

In June, 45-year-old James Wofford drowned underneath the West Norfolk Bridge. The city installed warning signs of the dangers to swimmers after his death.

Moody said he proposed building a fishing pier several years ago, but city leaders weren’t on board with the plan.  Because of the recent tragedy there’s been a change in thinking and a show of support.

The idea is to build a pier similar to like the one at Suffolk’s Bennetts Creek Park. The new pier would be built near Baines Creek in City Park.  Folks used to fish at the City Park Bridge there, but that pier was removed because it was deteriorating and unsafe. 

“Portsmouth has a very active anglers club but there are very few places to fish,” Moody noted.

City council will still have to vote on the plan, and approve the funding
 

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