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Below is an official press release from the town of Emerald Isle
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TOWN OF EMERALD ISLE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH
NC AQUARIUMS FOR “THE AQUARIUM PIER ON EMERALD ISLE”
Proposal Submitted for Initial Funding​
The North Carolina Aquariums submitted a proposal to the new North Carolina Waterfront Access and Marine Industry (WAMI) Fund today for funding to proceed with the development of three State ocean fishing piers that will be owned and operated as satellite facilities of the North Carolina Aquariums at Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, and Fort Fisher. The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the North Carolina Aquariums for the central coast pier that will be operated in conjunction with the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The NC Aquariums’ WAMI Fund proposal seeks a total of $4 million for the coast-wide effort, with approximately $2 million of this request earmarked as initial funding for site planning, design, permitting, and site improvements for “The Aquarium Pier on Emerald Isle”.

The Town of Emerald Isle and the NC Aquariums have been working cooperatively for the past 18 months on strategies to insure the perpetual existence of an ocean fishing pier on North Carolina’s central coast. “The Aquarium Pier on Emerald Isle” project outlined in the WAMI proposal is the result of considerable research, analysis, and discussion over that time, and the two partners are eager to move forward with the project. The proposed project involves the transfer of the Town’s Eastern Ocean Regional Access facility, located oceanfront at mile-marker 15 on NC 58, to the NC Aquariums to be the home of the new facility. The 4.2 acre site is the former home of the historic Emerald Isle Pier that was dismantled after the hurricanes in 1996, and has since served as a major public beach access for the area. This property is valued at approximately $5.5 million, and will be transferred by the Town to the NC Aquariums at no cost.

The new ocean fishing pier and related facilities will be modeled after a similar project currently underway in Nags Head involving the NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island, with “The Aquarium Pier on Emerald Isle” operated as a satellite facility of the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The pier will be constructed primarily from concrete to enable it to withstand future hurricane activity, and will jut 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. A new, first class pier house will be constructed and will include a tackle shop, food service, public meeting spaces, NC Aquarium exhibits, and other amenities.

The project also calls for the construction of a smaller sound-side pier on Bogue Sound across from the new ocean fishing pier. Total design, permitting, and initial site improvement costs are estimated at $2 million, which would be funded by the WAMI proposal submitted today. The Town of Emerald Isle’s land contribution is valued at $5.5 million, and the total estimated construction cost is $12.2 million. The remaining construction cost will be funded through a combination of NC Aquarium admission receipts, future grant requests, local government contributions, and a private fundraising campaign. The proposal calls for construction of “The Aquarium Pier on Emerald Isle” to begin in 2010, with the new pier complete and open to the public in 2012.

“We are excited about this partnership with the NC Aquariums”, said Mayor Art Schools. “We believe the project will provide tremendous benefits for North Carolinians for generations to come. The project will provide recreational fishing benefits, further the Aquarium’s mission to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of the aquatic environment, add to the area’s strong tourism economy, maintain public beach access, provide accessibility for handicapped individuals to enjoy the ocean, and provide opportunities for marine research and data collection.” “Public ocean fishing piers remain threatened by escalating coastal real estate values, and it is important for the State and local governments to take action to insure the perpetual existence of piers along the North Carolina coast.” NC Aquariums Director David Griffin echoed the Mayor’s comments and added, “We are excited about our partnership with the Town of Emerald Isle, and look forward to working with the Town on this important project. The Emerald Isle pier project, and our other two pier projects, are a logical intersection of the NC Aquariums’ mission and the need to preserve the ocean pier experience for current and future generations of North Carolinians.”

For more information, please contact Frank Rush and/or Jay Barnes at the phone numbers above. To view the WAMI funding proposal, visit
www.emeraldisle-nc.org and click on the link on the right hand side of the page under “Latest News and Info”.
 

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Good news as long as they dont regulate it to death and do something stupid like only open from 8am - 6pm and such.........
 

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It is a shame that they could not buy the Bogue Inlet Pier instead of rebuilding a pier that no longer exists at tax payers expense. The bad thing is now Bogue Inlet Pier will probably be sold and torn down since Mike was not able to make the deal happen. :(
 
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