Friday, July 1, 2011

Florida History: Broward County's longest, Anglin Fishing Pier

Anglin Fishing Pier
2 Commercial Blvd.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308

By Jane Feehan

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea pioneer Melvin Anglin built Anglin Fishing Pier in 1941. No fisherman, Anglin was encouraged by his son, Tom, to build the structure to attract tourists to the small town north of Fort Lauderdale.

The original pier, made of wood, sat 800 feet into the water, over the first reef.  Anglers cast their lines off its 100-foot-wide T at the farthest end. In those days, the cost to visit or fish from the pier was 10 cents.   The wooden structure was rebuilt by the Anglins at least three times when hurricanes broke it apart. After a destructive storm, the family would salvage its wood planks anywhere from 10th Street in Fort Lauderdale north to Sea Ranch Lakes to begin construction anew.

Miami News, Jan. 29, 1963
Real estate agents Everett Sorensen and Frank Myatt (son of Lord’s Realty owner Ann Lord) bought the pier, not the land, with a 99-year lease in 1962. They rebuilt it with concrete pilings, extending its length to 876 feet. Anglin Fishing Pier (the name remained) reopened Nov. 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated.

The pier has recently been sold again. Currently, the fee to fish is $7, a  sightseeing walk goes for $2. Anglin Fishing Pier is about 300 feet longer than the other three --Dania, Pompano, Deerfield -- in Broward County.
Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Jane Feehan.

Richard, Candace. Seventy-Three Years By The Sea. Lauderdale by the Sea: Town of of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, 2000.
Sun-Sentinel, Jan. 3, 2002
Miami News, Jan. 29, 1963

 Tags: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea history, Broward County fishing piers, fishing in Broward County, fishing in Fort Lauderdale


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