NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Mother nature has taken aim at a local fishing pier in the past. Now, long after the worst storms have passed some people are wondering why the pier is still in a state of disarray.
You can kind of picture what the pier in Fort Hale Park once looked like.
"People used to use that pier a lot," questioned News 8's Kent Pierce.
"Oh yeah, well they still come down a lot," said Gary Andrews, of New Haven. "They can't use the pier, but they're all along the sides of it and stuff."
That's all anyone can do because the whole deck is gone.
Tropical Storm Sandy destroyed the pier, but that was almost two years ago.
"I'm a little bit disappointed that there hasn't been an effort made for that pier to be refurbished," said Richard Kennedy, of New Haven.
With so many people wishing the pier was back, News 8 called up the New Haven Mayor's office to find out what was taking so long. However, it turns out it's not a city problem. The sign is labeled state of CT DEP, which is now called the DEEP.
A spokesman says he knows it was a popular spot. He says they have lots of properties that were damaged in the storms of the last few years and the pier is on the list, but there's no telling when, or if, it will be rebuilt.
Beachgoers say the loss of the pier has affected the rest of the park.
"Because without the recreational fishers here using this pier, I think that some people don't care about the wonderful resource we have here at Fort Hale," said Kennedy.
The pier was actually destroyed by Hurricane Gloria in 1985 and rebuilt. Adding to the problems for local fishermen and women is the fact the next closest pier, in Lighthouse Point Park, is also closed. It's closed both because of storm damage and because it's about 20 feet above water level, which is too dangerous for people who are tempted to jump off.
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