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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