Frisco Pier walks the plank
Posted October 24, 2013
Frisco, N.C. — The National Park Service announced Thursday that it plans to tear down Frisco Pier on the Outer Banks, which has been closed for much of the last five years because of safety and structural concerns.
Formally known as Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier, it has provided recreational fishing and sightseeing opportunities near the tip of Cape Hatteras since the 1960s. The pier was last fully operational in 2008, but it reopened for a brief period in 2010 before Hurricane Earl extensively damaged it.
Because the pier has become so destabilized, the National Park Service decided to permanently cease commercial pier operations there and plans to remove it in the coming months, officials said.
Park Service officials reached a settlement last month with the pier operator, who also agreed to sell the access road from N.C. Highway 12 to the pier to the government, officials said. They said the government plans to repair the road and parking lot to provide extra public access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.