Oak Island Pier: MIA

Veteran angler Luke Horn shows off a bragging-sized Oak Island pier trout.

The Oak Island Pier, one of two piers on North Carolina’s Oak Island, was closed in mid-March because of damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

The pier was closed indefinitely after the pier was declared “unsafe for human occupancy” by town officials. Plans are to rebuild and reopen the pier for the 2018 season.

Tommy Thomes, who leases the pier, was told he could keep the tackle shop and restaurant open, but the rest of the pier must be closed.

The town has not settled with its insurance company, and it must wait for that decision before the Federal Emergency Management Agency can decide what it will contribute to the rebuilding process.

The pier, which lost 100 to 150 feet, reopened last year two weeks after Matthew with the approval of engineers. But engineers determined in March that the pier’s support system had been compromised.

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Jerry Dilsaver of Oak Island, N.C., a full-time freelance writer, is a columnist for Carolina Sportsman. He is a former SKA National Champion and USAA Angler of the Year.

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