DNREC reopens Cape Henlopen Pier in time for traditionalsummer recreation (angling) and leisurely fun (strolling)
Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small were joined May 25 by Delaware Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf and other legislators including Senators Ernesto Lopez and Gerald Hocker, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Acting Assistant Director Paul Rauch, and members of the community to mark the reopening of the newly-repaired 1,300-foot Cape Henlopen State Park Fishing Pier. The Governor was also joined by students from Millsboro Middle School to celebrate the pier’s reopening by casting the first fishing lines of the season from the pier.
“The Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier is Delaware’s most popular recreational fishing structure, generating more than $700,000 in revenue per year for our economy,” Gov. Markell said. “Our anglers, bird watchers and many other nature lovers can be outside, relax and enjoy nature. And, the pier also helps further another goal for our state – to get children outside for healthy fun, and as a way to help develop their appreciation of the environment.”
The vintage WWII landmark has been restored for the use of anglers, bird watchers and leisure visitors. The 149 pilings that support the structure have been repaired or replaced and extensive decking repairs completed, as the Cape Henlopen Pier was reopened with days to spare ahead of the traditional summer start via the Memorial Day weekend.