Titusville Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier

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Titusville Veteran's Memorial Fishing Pier
Rules of Conduct

1. Free Admission.
2. Pier light usage fees and fishing/shrimping zones shall be at the concessionaire's direction.
3. Railings at handicap-accessible areas will be lowered by the pier concessionaire.
4. No cast netting.
5. No generators, wet cell batteries or fuel lanterns.
6. No animals allowed except service animals.
7. No loud sounds or loud music.

8. No soliciting.
9. No horseplay, skateboarding, roller blading, bicycles or similar devices.
10. No glass containers.
11. No alcohol except that which is purchased from the pier concessionaire.
12. The pier concessionaire has the authority to request persons believed to be in violation of any of the rules to leave the pier.

Answers to some common questions:

1. Are the plugs 110 v ac         Yes.

2. How long does my dip net need to be to reach the water         Minimum of 8 feet.

3.Can you stay overnight         Yes, but no camping.

4. Are crab pots allowed?         No.

5. Is the pier free to use?         The pier is free to use except for the use of lights.

6. Please advise regarding the type of lights one may use and or availible for rent.         There are various types of 3 prong twist plugs available but what is needed at the Titusville Pier is a NEMA L520 or L520P, 20amp, 125 volt, 3 prong twist plug. At this time, due to theft, there is no electrical equipment available for rent on site but many different types of shrimp lights can be purchased from various hardware or outdoor sporting goods stores. The current charge for electrical usage at the pier is $6.00 per night.

7. Are generators and/or deep cell batteries allowed?         No.

8. Is the pier ADA friendly?         Yes, there are even sections that can be lowered for those in wheelchairs providing greater access.

9. How do you secure a spot for shrimping at night?         Spots are done through a lottery system at 6:00 p.m. each night.

10. Do I need a salt water fishing license?         Yes, as this is a free fishing pier. See #13 below.

11. Are shrimp traps permitted?         Shrimp traps are permitted on the Veterans Memorial Pier as long as users follow Florida State Statute 63B-31.007. A few highlights of the statute are: Harvesters can use up to 4 shrimp traps; The dimensions cannot exceed 36" long by 24" wide by 12" high; The harvester's name and address shall be securely affixed to each trap; Any shrimp trap on public property which is not attended by the person whose name is affixed to the trap is subject to confiscation by the commission.

12. How does a beginner learn about how to shrimp and what equipment is needed?         The best way to learn to shrimp is to go out to the Pier, watch them, talk to the shrimpers, as each of them probably have different opinions of best equipment. The Pier Concessionaire has staff on site that might be able to assist with information. The Titusville Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier phone number is (321)-264-5065.

13. Can my Shoreline fishing license be used on the Titusville Veterans Memorial Pier?         According to the FWC web site, myfwc.com, "Residents who only saltwater fish from land or a structure attached to land, may get the resident recreational saltwater shoreline fishing license at no cost. If you have a resident recreational saltwater fishing license you do not need a shoreline fishing license because the resident recreational saltwater fishing license covers fishing from the shore, dock, jetty or boat." So according to the web site your resident recreational saltwater shoreline fishing license covers you on any saltwater shoreline or attached structure.       Please reference myfwc.com for any additional information or exceptions.



Some history and photos


June 15, 2010  

Ribbon-Cutting for Titusville Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier to be held June 28

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The ribbon cutting for the reconstructed Titusville Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier and grand opening of the pier concession will be held Monday, June 28, 2011, at 6 p.m. The pier is located at 2 A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway in Titusville. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

Crackerjacks Seafood & Tiki Bar is operated by Capital Seas, Inc., under contract with Brevard County. The concession also includes a bait shop offering bait and tackle for sale, with shrimping lights and poles available to rent. Use of electricity by patrons bringing their own lights will also be available for a fee.

The pier, owned by the City of Titusville and operated by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department through an interlocal agreement, was severely damaged during Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and had to be completely replaced.

The deck of the new pier has been lowered half the distance to the water, making it much more suitable for shrimping. The pier is fully accessible, meeting the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act and Florida Building Code.

For more information, please call North Area Parks Operations at (321) 264-5105.


Short Fishing Pier on March 8, 2008
Titusville Fishing Pier - Sign Titusville Fishing Pier - Entrance way Titusville Fishing Pier - Memorial to Veterans Titusville Fishing Pier - View of the pier #1
Titusville Fishing Pier - View of the pier #2 Titusville Fishing Pier - View of the pier #3 Titusville Fishing Pier - Newly opened concession building. Titusville Fishing Pier - A peek inside the concession building.
Click here to view the enlargements gallery.

January 11, 2010

UPDATE

  • Construction on the high rise bridge is about 1/3 complete.
  • Fishing & dip net shrimping is available from the small piers and around the shoreline. No electricity.
  • The Titusville Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier is expected to open in April.
  • The restaurant/bait shop is expected to open in April.


History

In 1922 a two lane bridge was constructed across the Indian River Lagoon. In 1949 the recently replaced swing-span bridge was constructed. Titusville purchased a 600 foot portion of the old bridge for use as a fishing pier. It became very popular with fishermen and shrimpers from far and wide. Many a family supper was obtained here. Catching bait fish & shrimp was a part of our local economy. It was a beautiful place to take the family or a special friend for a picturesque walk.

In February 1977 a Gold Star Mothers' plaque was installed dedicating the pier as a memorial to those who served our country in the Armed Forces. It was stolen sometime in 2004 and replaced in March, 2008.

Starting in 2000 the pier had to be closed numerous times for repair. In October, 2005 hurricanes caused serious damage to the pier. Two boats that came loose from their moorings compounded the damage significantly. Planning to repair this popular part of Titusville's heritage, industry and recreation has been underway for years.

In May, 2006 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to pay a part of the repair costs. Studies were started. In July, 2007, the amount of repair/replacement costs FEMA would reimburse was increased to over 3 million dollars. More studies were started. The original design company was replaced with one that would plan a lower, more fishing friendly pier. A 2009 opening date is being contemplated.

On March 7, 2008 a replacement memorial plaque was "rededicated" and the concession stand opened. A small finger pier is available for the public.




Ground Breaking for Veterans' Memorial Pier Concession Building

The ground breaking ceremony for the concession building at the Veterans' Memorial Pier in Titusville, Florida, was held Monday, May 10, 2004, at 9:00 a.m. The anticipated construction period for this North Brevard Recreation Referendum project is six months during which the pier, finger pier, and associated parking lot will be closed.

For more information, please call 264-5105.

Titusville Fishing Pier, groundbreaking May 10, 2004
Photo left to right:
Crizzer Kennedy, Daniel Wood, Richard LeAndro, Larry Clark, Ken Ward, Ted Beck, Commissioner Truman Scarborough, Molly Farace.
Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier in February, 2005

      March 31, 2005 -- City of Titusville "Up-N-Coming"
Veteran's Memorial Pier – Construction is underway on the reconstruction of the piers, concession stand and bait shop at the Veteran's Memorial Pier. The restoration project will bring a new kitchen area for the concession stand, new sales area for the bait shop, new restrooms, and a new weather enclosure for outside dining. The contractor is ABBA Construction of Jacksonville. (Original submission date March 2003)

Construction work in July 2005

Fishing Pier damaged by boat during hurricane Wilma
This photo of the Fishing Pier was taken from the Max Brewer bridge, which was closed to traffic when a 60' sailboat broke loose during hurricane Wilma and caused structural damage.

Snack bar at the fishing pier under construction
December 26, 2005 - The Snack bar is well underway. Pier repairs have not yet been made.

North side of Max Brewer Causeway (Rt. 406/402), just off the west end of the bridge.

Views of the Fishing Pier in 2002


June 10, 2009

Titusville Marina Park
Groundbreaking Ceremony
to be held June 23

TITUSVILLE, Fla.- Brevard County Parks & Recreation will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of Marina Park, at 501 Marina Road in Titusville on Tuesday, June 23 at 4 p.m.

Immediately following the groundbreaking, there will be a celebration at the Titusville Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier concession building, 2 A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway in Titusville, for the commencement of construction for the replacement of the A. Max Brewer Bridge, the fishing pier, and the docks at Parrish Park-Titusville. Light refreshments will be served at the pier concession, and the public is invited to attend.

The Marina Park Referendum Project concept originally included a new home for Titusville Little League and was awaiting the completion of softball fields at Chain of Lakes in order to relocate youth and adult softball activities from Marina Park. When the Titusville Little League disbanded, a new conceptual plan for the park was proposed by the Marina Park Referendum Committee and North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation.

The new plan includes increasing from one to three boat ramps with associated parking, new restrooms, picnic structures and gazebos, a playground, a skate park, a splash park, and a softball field. If additional funding is obtained, a dog park, pavilion with kitchen and restrooms, and bocce ball court will be added. This $3.2 million project is funded by the 2000 and 2006 North Brevard Recreation Special District Bond Referendums for Recreational Facilities and by the Florida Boating Improvement Program.

The Titusville Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier was damaged extensively during Hurricane Wilma in 2005, requiring replacement of the entire structure. The replacement pier will be constructed of concrete, and its deck will be approximately six feet from the water, compared to the previous ten feet. FEMA is providing funding of up to $3.4 million.

Marina Park and Titusville Veterans' Memorial Fishing Pier are owned by the City of Titusville and operated by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department through an interlocal agreement.

The swing span bridge on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway in Titusville is being replaced with a high-rise bridge just south of the existing bridge. Underneath the north side of the new bridge will be a catwalk, for fishing and enjoyment of the Indian River Lagoon. This is a Florida Department of Transportation bridge project with the Board of County Commissioners, Florida Inland Navigation District, and Florida Department of Transportation partnering for the cost of the catwalk.

The Parrish Park-Titusville floating boat docks that were damaged during Tropical Storm Fay last year are being replaced with stationary aluminum docks and concrete pilings. Funding is provided by FEMA and the Brevard Boating Improvement Program.

For more information, please call North Area Parks Operations at (321) 264-5105.



Albert

According to research done by the North Brevard Historical Society, Albert "Max" Brewer was a Titusville attorney in the 1950s and succeeded William Akridge as State Representative from Brevard County. In 1961 Gov. Bryant appointed Brewer to the State Road Board. In 1966 Brewer was killed when his private plane crashed. In 1983 a swing span bridge was renamed the A. Max Brewer Bridge in his honor. The swing span was replaced by the new bridge below.

Moon rising under the Max Brewer in Titusville, FL.

Moonrise "under" the Max Brewer Bridge (from Sand Point Park).

Fishing Pier under the Max Brewer Bridge.

Fishing Pier under the Max Brewer Bridge loooking east.

The New Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier - August, 2011.

The new Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier - August, 2011.


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