A dedicated fishing pier off of the North Bluff in Oak Bluffs has cleared its final local hurdle.

On Dec. 10 the Oak Bluffs conservation commission voted to issue a permit for the 317-foot, L-shaped pier under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Oak Bluffs wetlands bylaw. The project, which is expected to cost upwards of $1 million, will be funded entirely by the state office of fishing and boating access mainly through environmental bond monies and fishing license fees. The project, which sparked heated debate late last summer and into the fall between Island surfcasters and North Bluff residents, was approved by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission last month.

The fishing pier still requires a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers as well as a license under the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Chapter 91, the Public Waterfront Act.