Fishermen's Energy, of Cape May, continues to collect endorsements of its Atlantic City offshore wind farm even as it waits for the state Board of Public Utilities to decide the project's fate.

The company's application is still pending before the board, the last regulatory hurdle before the company can start construction on the demonstration project.

Atlantic County freeholders passed a resolution in February supporting the project.

"It would create jobs here, not only with the construction of the wind farm but also the jobs to maintain it," Freeholder Colin Bell said. "It also would be beneficial because New Jersey would be one of the first places in the country to have offshore wind farms. Hopefully, we could create a new industry in the region. We have former boat builders who would be ideal employees to use.

"It could potentially be a big economic boost for us."

The Greater Atlantic City Chamber also endorsed the project and urged the BPU to approve the application.

Fishermen's Energy plans to build five turbines 2.8 miles off Atlantic City.

Staff writer Michael Miller

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