Bogue Banks Fishing Pier
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During a recent trip to Emerald Isle beach on Bogue Banks island in NC, we visited their fishing pier. We always stop at the pier when we go, for the beauty and flavor of the island, not to mention photo ops.
After the Incorporation of a new town named EMERALD ISLE in 1957, two of the original developers, W.B. McLean and George Spell, realized that they needed a draw to the west end of their new town. The decision was made to construct a new fishing pier on the western end of EMERALD ISLE, approximately 4 miles east of Bogue Inlet. The new pier was named BOGUE INLET PIER, and it was quite successful in drawing the development of the island westward.
The Stanley family purchased the pier from them and has run the pier since 1971. Hurricanes took their toll on the pier over the years, most notably in 1984, when a waterspout spurred by Hurricane DIANE ripped off 238 feet from the end. The pier was rebuilt that winter, bringing it back to 1000 feet. Then Hurricane FRAN in 1996 took 400 feet from the end. It was re-built in 11 1/2 weeks and re-opened April 1st 1997, with a new observation deck at the end (thanks to Taylor Bros. Marine Construction and a very dedicated in-house construction team). Various other storms caused pilings from the other Bogue Banks piers to wash down and break off BIP pilings, but they were always repaired quickly to keep up a safe place for the public. Now that most of the other piers are gone, the chance of damage is greatly reduced.
The pier has continued to flourish and many businesses have been built around it and an aquarium is in the works on the property.
Photography by Sandi O'Reilly, All Rights Reserved and Copyrighted. All questions are welcome, please use FAA's email service to contact me, glad to help.
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May 4th, 2013
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