Fishing piers on North Carolina's coast are frequently being replaced by homes.
Pier and boat lift
The Long Beach Pier in Oak Island was torn down last year and the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is for sale with an asking price of three million dollars.
Fishing piers have served as the focus of many small beach towns, providing economic benefits and boosting tourism. But there are new obstacles -- such as rising taxes and operating coast, damage from storms and high land values -- that are threatening the piers.
There are just 20 privately owned fishing piers on the state's coastline, down from 36 in 1980.