Fishermen upset over possibility of losing access to Drag Island -

Fishermen upset over possibility of losing access to Drag Island

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With the imminent demolition of the Beasley's Point Bridge, many are reeling about also losing access to a popular fishing spot.

"I fear that were not gonna be able to fish this area anymore," George Bucci said.

George Bucci has been coming out to drag island via the Beasley's Point Bridge for decades and now he's worried his days fishing from this island are over.

"They are going to be building a new parkway span and the plan is no that the DEP has mitigated to just tear down the existing bridge causeway leaving Drag Island inaccessible," Bucci added.

The new span of the Garden State Parkway bridge will have a fishing pier and a bike path, but fishermen say that is not good enough. they want to be able to reach the island.

"It's fantastic that they are building a path for people to walk and ride bikes, but really who wants to enjoy nature when you have a tractor tailor feet away from you," Bucci said.

The fishermen say this is no ordinary spot to drop their hook.  With the Patcong Creek, Egg Harbor and Tuckahoe Rivers all feeding into this location, it's one the few spots in our area where you can catch both fresh and salt water fish.

"The difference of maybe a mile is that this area is an area where the salt and freshwater lines kind of meet. You can actually catch fresh water fish and the next day come and catch flounder, striper any kind of fish," Bucci explained.

State leaders say they feel for the fishermen, but say there simply is no budget for an access path.

"We believe that local municipalities whether it be Somers Point, if they are interested I'm sure the state would work along in that direction," Assemblymen John Amodeo said.

George has also started an online petition asking for the state to change its course, in one last attempt to 'catch' a break.

For more information on that petition you can visit:

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