Historic NC Pier To Reopen With Aquarium Exhibits

The public will get its first look at the rebuilt Jeannette's Pier next month when the Outer Banks landmark reopens as a family-oriented educational and recreational site.

The Raleigh News and Observer reported Friday that the 72-year-old Dare County landmark was rebuilt with concrete pilings that stretch 1,000 feet into the Atlantic.

The original 754-foot pier at Whalebone Junction, just south of Nags Head, was nearly destroyed in 2003 by Hurricane Isabel just months after it was purchased by the North Carolina Aquarium Society.

The $25 million renovation opening May 21 includes a bait and tackle shop, gift shops, meeting rooms and aquarium exhibit space. Numerous green technologies have been used in the project, including wind turbines, solar panels and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

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  • by aggravated obx local Location: Kill Devil Hills on Apr 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    You hit the nail on the head BLAHammed. Today, it took me 25 minutes to drive 1.5 mi to the grocery store. There was a tourist vehicle in front of me that I could not pass and the driver kept hitting his brakes every 15 feet to look at a bird or a blade of grass. I t is getting so bad here now that I have considered moving. It is ashame that the Yankees and people from Virginia have taken over our beach!
  • by BLAHammed on Apr 15, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    A great place for yankees to go.The average local will not be able to afford to fish off of that thing or do anything on it as far as that goes.Anyway,I wonder how much american dollars went to mexico to build this thing.Also the outerbanks has changed so much I dont dare to go there anymore.All the women jogging up and down the road are built like they eat steroids or something.They dont even look femanine anymore. Then you have a dumb yankee wanting to hog the street with his stupid tricycle.To many road hazards with nothing nice to look at anymore not unless your a freaking oddball.
  • by Old Salt... on Apr 15, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    Glad we have a landmark and piece of outer banks history back, but I hated to see Marc Basnight driving his dump truck full of our money to the bank. He saw an oppertunity to make a fortune and he didn't hestitate to throw it to the taxpayers once again. WAY TO GO MARC !!!

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