Coastal Engineering Co. has been selected by the Town of Chatham to prepare initial design concept plans for the infrastructure improvements at Stage Harbor.
The project is interesting because it consists of two interconnected piers that are essentially one integral unit but have different ownership and purposes. While the municipal Eldredge Pier serves the local commercial fishing community, the private Stage Harbor Enterprises Pier serves a recreational boating organization. Ultimately, the renovated facility should work for fishermen, the yacht club, and the public. An improved pier in Stage Harbor would help the commercial fishing fleet with an alternative port to supply and unload their vessels as migrating sandbars threaten to close the mouth of Chatham Harbor, the main access to the municipal fishing pier and mooring field in Aunt Lydia’s Cove. In order to have a full understanding of the best option for pier reconstruction, an assessment of the existing condition of the two waterfront facilities will be performed. Among other considerations, the assessment will help decide whether one large dock would be more efficacious or if it's better to maintain a narrow gap between the two. Read these Cape Cod Chronicle and Cape Cod Times articles for more information.