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Oak Island pier, damaged in Hurricane Matthew, should be closed, inspectors say

Posted March 7

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— The Oak Island pier, damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October, has continued to deteriorate and become dangerous, assistant town manager Lisa Stites said.

A recent inspection found the pier's support system was compromised and inspectors recommended that it be closed to the public.

The pier was closed for about two weeks after this storm but has since been open to visitors and fishermen.

The town has an insurance policy on the pier and will have to decide whether to rebuild the 150-foot portion of the pier lost to the storm, repair the pier as it stands or tear it down and build from scratch.

The most recent estimate to replace the pier, which dates from 2012, was between $1.2 and $1.8 million.

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