Jennette's Pier To Reopen

The first state funded and operated fishing pier in North Carolina will open Saturday where privately owned Jennette's Pier was destroyed in a 2003 hurricane.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported the reconstruction cost $25 million and includes classrooms, marine life exhibits and a 1,000-foot-long concrete fishing pier built to withstand strong hurricanes.

Grand opening ceremonies will start with a demonstration by members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute team.

The pier in Nags Head is one of three public piers planned by the North Carolina Aquariums, a division of the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

A pier in Emerald Isle is in the design phase. A third, proposed for Carolina Beach, is on hold because of state budget cuts.


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  • by Danielle Location: Powells Point on May 21, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    Just wondering how much it will cost to go out on the pier for a normal day? How much are they going to charge to go inside? How is this going to work? My son went today and said it was pretty amazing, he had a very good time! I hope it helps all of us!
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    The state is broke, more than broke , severly in debt and the governor gives her friend basnight a 21 million dollar pier in his backyard. Please remember this at election time. Thanks
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      by taxman on May 20, 2011 at 03:33 PM in reply to
      Yes and I certainly will vote for the governor and all her friends,yjanks for reminding us all.I think fishing is great and NC needs nore fishing tourists and local folks to do the same.
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        by dog on May 21, 2011 at 05:40 AM in reply to taxman
        What in the world do you mean? The state needs people to buy more fishing licenses and for people to pay for another pier when there are already a multitude to choose from in the area? You got that part right - the state needs us and we don't need the state or the pier.
  • by pete Location: grifton on May 20, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Thankyou Mark.now the nag's head pier won't be as crowded.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    if roy coooper and the governor do not call for an internal investigation of how this happened. oops I forgot who they worked for basnight.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 20, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    I can't wait til tomorrow. My wife and I decided we will go. It's a great day in the Outer Banks and this will be great for the future of the great state of North Carolina, especially the Dare County economy. To the ones trash talking Marc Basnight, Marc Basnight has been great for Eastern North Carolina, especially Northeastern North Carolina and I'm certainly glad he came through, plus he's always came through for East Carolina University over the years, unlike 90% of the politicians. As far as the ones thinking it will fall in 2 years, you can't be serious. It will last a long long time unlike the old wood pier did.
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      by Lubba on May 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to Sam
      If your are a resident of the area, I would not expect anything else other than what you said. If you were me......you would be singing a different tune
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      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM in reply to Sam
      He has definitely helped the Outer Banks.....
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      by dog on May 21, 2011 at 05:43 AM in reply to Sam
      This pier will do nothing for the Dare County economy - unless you count putting people to work for the sake of working. The Outer Banks does not become a destination because of a pier - it is already a destination. The economies of local businesses will be negatively impacted while they try to support the maintenance of a government-run business that needn't make a profit to operate.
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      by ty on May 21, 2011 at 06:41 AM in reply to Sam
      Sam You are correct! He Has HELPED all of EASTERN NC. You do not have to live at the Outer Banks to know that.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    this was done under guidance from the governor, another GTP
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    Mighty BASNIGHT use to be on the board of the construction company. He resigned from that board so that company could bid on it....the construction company is owned by Basnights nephew...SURPRISE! Guess who got the BID!
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      by OBX on May 20, 2011 at 04:39 PM in reply to
      How right you are!!!
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on May 20, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    I saw the pier this past weekend. It is unreal. It is like a mansion with a pier attached. It is VERY substantial. It is going to be there more than a couple of seasons. That all being said it was a huge waste of money. It will never make that amount of money back. It will take over 2,000,000 paying fishermen. That is 200 a day, every day, for 27 years. And that does not even include operating costs. They also wasted huge money for 3 windmills and solar panels.
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      by Bill Dance on May 20, 2011 at 01:41 PM in reply to Dave
      Have you heard how much it will cost to fish there?
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      by taxman on May 20, 2011 at 03:38 PM in reply to Dave
      I don't think the state rebuilt the pier based on a payback cost analysis.Its pretty much like a state park as well as enabling residents and tourists a spot to fish. It may contribute to the number of fishing licenses-permits sold by the state.
  • by Jerry Location: Nags Head on May 20, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    so glad the pier is reopening!! Will be there saturday for the opening!
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      by AND WHY? on May 20, 2011 at 07:35 AM in reply to Jerry
      If Mark B. is there, can you shake his hand and tell him how nice the peir is and thank him (and only him) for it. Also thank him for breaking the State and for State employees not having raises for three years....but again the peir is nice
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        by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 01:22 PM in reply to AND WHY?
        The pier will have itself paid for in a few years. There are lots of people who fish everyday. If he is there ill shake his hand and thank him b/c the peir has been around for a long time and my dad and granddad fished there when they were kids.
  • by Josh Location: ENC on May 20, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    Glad I could help...Teacher pay, state employees pay, and education have all remained the same or been cut. Its good to know that I still have a place to fish.
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