ANGLETON — Freeport LNG donated land to the Brazoria County parks department to be used in its Quintana fishing pier park project, which county commissioners accepted at a special meeting Tuesday.
The Quintana project will involve raising the pier and extending it further from shore, which should create better fishing and attract more tourists and residents, Precinct 1 commissioner Dude Payne previously told The Facts.
Freeport LNG’s donation is for parking space that will be needed once the pier is complete, Brazoria County parks director Bryan Frazier told the commissioners.
“There is no other place to put a parking lot,” Frazier said. “That is literally the only place.”
Located at the end of the access road, parking for the pier is already limited due to the area being surrounded by water and protected wetlands, Frazier told commissioners. Freeport LNG would demolish a beach house located on the property and prepare it to be turned into a parking lot before handing it over to the county, Payne added.
“We’re excited about that,” Frazier said. “Fishing piers are very limited that go out into the Gulf. I can count on one hand the number of them in the state of Texas.”
The county has received $2 million in grants for the project and has obtained the permits to start construction but is waiting on additional funding, Payne previously told The Facts. Some of that funding will come from Restore Act grants received by the county for multiple restoration projects, The Facts previously reported.
At low tides, people are unable to fish on the pier at all which is why the project is needed, Frazier told commissioners.
“You can actually drive around the fishing pier,” Frazier said.
County Judge Matt Sebesta was not present at the meeting but the remaining commissioners unanimously approved accepting the donation.
Commissioners postponed taking action on whether or not to take a supplemental contract for toll road projects that could cost about $150,000 in insurance because they wanted to investigate whether or not the insurance is necessary, Pct. 2 Commissioner Ryan Cade said at the meeting.
Frazier also announced at the meeting registration for Nature Camp 2019, a summer camp that takes place at Camp Mohawk and Quintana Beach and teaches kids about nature, is open for ages seven to 12.
The first session will be at Camp Mohawk County Park at 110 CR 193 in Alvin from 9 a.m. to noon, June 17 through June 20. The second session will be at Quintana Beach County Park at 330 Fifth Street in Quintana from 9 a.m. to noon, July 15 through July 18.
Registration is $30 per child and people can register through the county website at brazoriacountytx.gov/departments/parks-department/special-events/nature-camp-2017.
For full meeting minutes, visit brazoriacountytx.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx.