Port Mansfield pier to possibly reopen

PORT MANSFIELD — One of Willacy County’s most popular fishing piers may reopen soon.

Last month, a storm damaged the old pier at Fred Stone Park, where local anglers have boasted some of the best redfish, flounder and trout fishing on the Texas coast.

So officials closed the pier that for decades has helped draw crowds to the park on weekends.

Thursday, county commissioners will consider repairing the old pier.

The storm broke the pier’s frame, Amos Prado, the county’s code enforcement officer, said yesterday.

“It broke it up pretty good,” Prado said. “The boards came up. It’s a safety hazard.”

John Sterling, vice president of the Port Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, said anglers are driving south to the county’s new $1.8 million park that features a 500-foot fishing pier at the Laguna Point Recreation Area.

“Everybody’s going down there now,” Sterling said. “It’s pretty full, even during weekdays.”

While they figure out what to do with the old pier, county officials are planning a bigger project at Fred Stone Park.

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