Grab your fishing pole, y’all.
A new fishing pier, built to replace one destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, has opened in Fulton.
Funding for the $2 million project came mainly from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation contributed non-federal matching funds. Yeti and the Sid W. Richardson Foundation also donated.
Construction began last fall on the pier, long a tourist attraction and important economic driver in the Coastal Bend region.
“This project marks the final step for our town in recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey,” Fulton Mayor Kelli Cole said in a press release. “We invite all who love the Texas coast to come visit us and drop a line in the water from this spectacular new pier.”
The hurricane swept away sections of the pier and structurally damaged what remained. Crews built the new 1,200-foot, handicap-accessible pier on the same footprin, adding a covered weather pavilion and upgraded LED fishing lights. A bait house is under construction. When it opens this fall, anglers will be charged $5 per pole.
“The beautiful waters of the Texas gulf coast are renowned for their fishing spots and Rockport and Fulton have been angling destinations for decades,” Paulie Dery, vice president of marketing at YETI said in a press release. “We were eager to support the rebuilding efforts of the iconic Fulton Pier and are thrilled visitors and local anglers are being welcomed back.”