The latest on Jennette's Pier
The North Carolina Council of State needs to approve the transfer of the pier from the Aquarium Society to the North Carolina Aquariums Division. They have created at 12 million renovation plan for the 5.12 acre site. The new pier will be a 1000 foot structure that will be 25 feet wide. The pier will be funded with the Aquarium's admission funds and no state tax dollars would be used except for the 2.5 million dollars that the state has already given the Aquarium Division for this project. The schedule includes plans to be finalized by next April and construction starting in June with the pier being opened in 2010. The demolition of the old pier will be this winter.
According to the drawings the pier house will be 2 stories with a tackle shop, concession stand and arcade on the first level with the top being meeting rooms and catering. The water system will include medians and cisterns that will collect storm water, fresh water and saltwater to be for irrigation, plumbing water and replenish the water for the aquarium tank water.