Closed in March 2017 after decades of wear and damage
from three hurricanes, the Oak Island Pier has been
rebuilt and is set to reopen to the public next week,
town officials said.
Initially, the pier will be open for walking and
observation, in part because workers will still be
installing lighting, fishing Ts, plumbing and 55 large
wooden benches. Town Manager David Kelly said he
expected the pier to welcome anglers on July 2, the day
after the town’s Beach Day event, which will include a
massive fireworks display.
The town plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and
soft opening of the pier on Wednesday, May 15, at 10
a.m. Kelly said he expected the tackle shop to open by
Memorial Day weekend.
The reconstructed pier fits the old footprint but seems
wider because of the configuration of the rails. The
architect – E.B. Pannkuk of Andrews Consulting Engineers
– employed aluminum railings along the mid-and lower
sections that give the space a more open view and feel.
There’s still a wide wooden timber at the top for
visitors to secure their bait, blades and beverages.
Kelly said the last of the pilings for the king fishing
“T” would be finished this week. Workers are also adding
emergency escape ladders on the east and west sides of
One of the two fishing Ts will be fully
handicap-accessible, Kelly said. Depending on the budget
and timetable, the builder might add a third, shorter
fishing T near the middle of the pier. T.D. Eure Marine
Construction of Morehead City is the lead contractor.
Restauranteur Austin Alphonso, whose family operates the
island’s Kai Joe’s taco stand and Southport’s Café Koa,
said he expected to be serving by the end of May. His
family will run a full-service waterfront restaurant
with all ABC permits, plus a smaller, casual coffee shop
with wi-fi and ice cream.
The town will operate the tackle shop, which will have
permits for sales of beer and wine. Council recently
approved hiring a pier overseer, part-time seasonal
staff and a manager for the pier and adjacent 801 Ocean
Drive events center.
Kelly said admission to the pier would be free and
visitors would be required to wear shoes or sandals.
At 27 feet above mean sea level, the pier is the tallest
in the state. Depending on how one measures its length,
it’s also among the longest, at more than 850 feet.
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