Committee delays plan to raise funds for arts by selling bricks to refinish state fishing pier


A plan to raise money for the arts in Anne Arundel County by selling bricks to resurface a fishing pier is on hold.

Diane R. Evans, the Anne Arundel County Council chairwoman, said her proposal to spruce up the pier will have to wait until state officials finish work on the pier and decide what agency will own and manage the site.

The State Highway Administration owns the pier, but the Department of Natural Resources typically runs fishing piers.

A panel of representatives from both agencies has been working on a management agreement. Meanwhile, the state has not finished landscaping or building a wall at the end of the pier, SHA spokesman Chuck Brown said.

The pier, which extends from Jonas Green State Park, is all that remains of the old Severn River Bridge.

The Naval Academy Bridge replaced it last year to carry Route 450 over the river.

Ms. Evans put together a committee to look into selling individual bricks to pay for the resurfacing of the pier and to raise money for the county's Cultural Arts Foundation.

An amount was not specified.

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