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Oak Island pier operator sues town following closure

Posted 9:08 a.m. Tuesday
Updated 9:56 a.m. Tuesday

Oak Island pier

— The Oak Island pier operator is suing the town after it ordered the pier closed last month.

The Wilmington StarNews reports the pier sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Matthew, which sheared about 150 feet off the wooden structure.

Oak Island Pier LLC leases the fishing pier from the town of Oak Island and runs the pier's restaurant and tackle shop. The company is suing its landlord for damages in excess of $50,000 plus attorney fees, saying the town hasn't attempted to repair the pier.

The town has conducted multiple inspections and considered an engineering contract in March, but deferred action until April 18. Mayor Cin Brochure has declined to comment.

Plaintiff attorney Gary Lawrence says his client is losing money as the lease is still in effect.

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  • Thomas Williams Apr 18, 11:05 a.m.
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    Did a ride through there last year and it seemed to me that the residents of Oak Island want it to be their private beach. I bet they would like to keep visitors off their island and off their beach. Hope this is never a reality b/c if it were it would be another case of the rich taking over and running the poor guy away from their playground. The beach ought to be open to the public for enjoyment, after all, the rich do not own the beach. They didn't create it so they shouldn't have say so over who visits the beach.