Once a hot spot for fisherman state wide, the jetty at the north end of John U. Lloyd state park has finally re-opened. The state park was forced to close the jetty after sustaining hurricane damage that made the jetty unsafe for patrons due to the shifting of the rocks that build the jetty.
The $700,000 project to reopen the jetty consisted of sand tightening around the jetty and building a safe concrete walkway and finished with stainless railings along with designated fishing areas for the disabled.
Prior to the closing of the jetty, fisherman would target snapper, snook and tarpon with regular success. The jetty is home for spawning snook during the closed season and anglers take advantage of great fishing although it is catch and release only. Standard pier fishing tackle such as 8 foot beach rod and Shimano Calcutta reels are a great start to land big snook.
Other than fishing, the jetty acts as a great spot for people to watch the boats and ships pass at one of the busiest inlets in South Florida, Port Everglades. With cruise ships arriving and leaving daily, it is quite the scene to stand at the end of the jetty and see them off. It is also a great place to watch the Fort Lauderdale Air and Sea Show.
The jetty reopened officially on April 16, 2012 after the seven year closure.