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Frisco Pier walks the plank

Posted October 24, 2013

Hurricane Earl did extensive damage to the landmark Frisco pier on Hatteras Island.
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— 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.

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  • fisherphil Oct 25, 2013

    one more baby step on returning Hatteras Island to nature and depopulating the island

  • Frank Downtown Oct 24, 2013

    Yes, I remember growing up in Morehead City and Atlantic Beach and there many piers. They have all been torn down and now there are nothing but rows of million dollar condos!

  • yotaman400ex Oct 24, 2013

    Why are we sending money to other countries who do not like us when we need to be fixing our piers?

  • pinball wizard Oct 24, 2013

    The state of North Carolina should take back ownership of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Oct 24, 2013

    I mourn the loss of so many piers. But they never were really profitable.

  • davidk_at_unc Oct 24, 2013

    When I was growing up, fishing piers like this dotted the NC coast from one end to the other. My grandfather used to have to lie to me and tell me the pier house had run out of bait to get me off it. In college, I used to load up my old '64 Falcon wagon and head to the coast after class on Friday. I'd go out on the pier with my king rig, sleeping bad and cooler and stay there until Sunday afternoon. Now they're all going away ... one by one. It makes me very sad that this part of our culture will soon be gone.

  • Inside The Beltline Oct 24, 2013

    Wow. A smart government decision.

  • scubagirl2 Oct 24, 2013

    :( it was a good pier......