Time to reel 'em in and pack up the
tackle. Another of North Carolina's fishing piers is closing.
Sportsmen's Pier is open today for the last time. The Atlantic
Beach landmark has operated for 50 years, but now the property will
be used for new homes. The pier's inventory will be auctioned
tomorrow, and the structure itself will be demolished next month.
Loyal customers are saying their goodbyes to the popular fishing
spot. John and Sylvia Griffith pulled in plenty of fish off the
pier over the decades and came by yesterday to catch a few more.
But they say the best catch was each other -- the couple courted on
the pier before they were married 49 years ago.