Oak Island Fishing Pier 910.
Initially, the pier is 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 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.
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.
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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