The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution during its meeting Tuesday night that should ensure the seafood industry at Perrin Wharf will continue long into the future.
The resolution was passed during the meeting in the colonial courthouse that gives the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (PAA) the green light from the county to improve the public management of Perrin Landing and Perrin Wharf.
York district supervisor Carter Borden approached Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission executive director Lewis Lawrence to voice his concern over the future of Perrin Wharf. Borden also saw the possibility of the entire Perrin River as a commercial seafood hub. MPPDC is the agency that oversees the PAA.
Lawrence said the pier at Perrin Wharf currently accommodates only about eight workboats on one side. However, if the public space were reconfigured, eight workboats should be able to fit just on the first quarter of the pier.
Currently, VDOT has ownership of most of the wharves in the area. "Most of these wharves were destroyed during the storm of 1933, but a small number remain and have served our community well since 1933," Lawrence said.