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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  • by huh Location: OBX on May 23, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    Why are some always trying to correct type os or wrong use of words/? Why dont they get a life with something that matter like a misspelled word..
  • by me on May 22, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    Why are so many up in arms? This is an educational experience for many and will definitely be a tourist attraction. Loved Jennette's when I was small 35 years ago, and will put it on my to-do list.
  • by Poor Hyde on May 22, 2011 at 05:42 PM
    The facts Hyde County on the back burner poor MATTAMUSKEET LODGE no roof, but DARE COUNTY 25 MIL PROJECT OPEN DID M B help all fair NO he did not
  • by Janet Russ Location: OBX on May 22, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    I attended the grand opening and this is fabulous a true wonder of our world, Lots of donations were made for this facility. I sure u can get a fininacal breakout for it on public records.However the bill passed both the senate and the house unamouisly. FYI.What about the brickwalls build around Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte subdivisions? I know the people downeast are NOT suppose to have anything funded by the governments, Just lots of their local tax bases that doesnt get much funds instead of taxes, Facts differ from opinions.Get the FACTS. However it will well pay for itself Just like the Bob Martin Center has and so forth.
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      by Jerry on May 23, 2011 at 08:52 AM in reply to Janet Russ
      I agree totally. Saturdays event was great
  • by Ellen Location: Kitty Hawk on May 22, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    Uhmmmmmm, what do you suppose could have been done with that 25 million................. I can think of all sorts of things.
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 03:06 PM
    And building this pier is beneficial to whom? It is beneficial to bring in tourism dollars that go into the pockets of businesses along the coastal area so they will have the funds to donate to the next election. That tax payers pay for everything ---whether we like it or not!
  • by Anonymous Location: coastal NC on May 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM
    Environmental education is important. We'll destroy the ecosystem that supports us if we're not educating the young kids. This will help with tourism to NC also (income/revenue). The NC aquariums are a great asset for the state. Everyone enjoys them. This will likely be also. Bring on that Yankee money but don't forget how to get back home :)
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on May 22, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    Press Release: April 15,2009. Gov. Perdue signs Legislation Authorizing NC Aquarium Pier. The Aquarims Division of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources will construct the pier with funds from existing non-General Fund and receipts of up to $25 Million. The funding will come from admission receipts, private funds and storm water pilot project to clean up state-maintained ocean out falls. If this isnt tax mony please explain it to me.
  • by Kathy Location: Dare County on May 22, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    To say that no taxpayer money is involved is dishonest and false. The taxpayers are hereby and forever on the hook for its operating costs. How stupid do some of you think we are?
  • by Mike Location: along I-95 on May 22, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    Just what the taxpayers need, something else 'state operated' for the benefit of a few. These state politicians are robbing and stealing from the citizens and apparently no end is in sight. The whole thing is immoral!
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      by Clifton on May 22, 2011 at 10:04 AM in reply to Mike
      Not to worry. In another 100 years we will all be working directly for the government, trying to do away with any and all competition from other government agencies.
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