Jennette's Pier Reopens On The Outer Banks

North Carolina's first state funded and operated fishing pier opened Saturday on the Outer Banks.

Hundreds of people came to check out the 1,000 foot long fishing pier called Jennette's Pier.

Jennette's Pier first opened in 1939 and was privately owned but it was destroyed during Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

Officials say the new pier is constructed to withstand a strong category 3 hurricane. It also has a live aquarium and classrooms.

Construction costs added up to 25 million dollars funded by state and North Carolina Aquarium Society funds.

Governor Beverly Perdue was at the reopening Saturday and told WITN, "It's a great investment in the economy, an investment in education and the environment. It also preserves beach access.

The pier in Nags Head is one of three public piers planned by the North Carolina aquariums. One in Emerald Isle is in the design phase and a third one was proposed for Carolina Beach.

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