“She will be missed.”
Despite the best efforts of the community and the National Park Service, a beloved Outer Banks icon will be nothing more than a memory by May.
Since its construction in 1962, Frisco Pier on North Carolina’s Hatteras Island has been a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Standing tall in the Carolina surf, Frisco Pier has played host to everything from marriage proposals to early-morning fishing trips over the course of its 55 years.
But the decades spent battling the elements ultimately took a toll on the pier’s 600 foot extension, and it began to deteriorate in the 2000s. At first, the damage to the once proud pier only added it a mystique. Photographers from around the world to capture it’s haunting, decaying frame. But it was also a danger, and a costly one at that.
In 2013 Frisco Pier was purchased by the National Park Service, which locals feared meant it wasn’t long for this world. Despite an online petition to save the pier, which raked in more than 1,000 signatures, the park service announced this week that they had begun the process of dismantling the old giant, starting with the yellow pier house. It is estimated that the removal of the pier will be complete by May, 1, 2018. The site will be barricaded during that time for safety reasons.
Eric Anderson of Harkers Island is the DOT Construction superintendent of the project, told The Outer Banks Voice that the removal is a personally bittersweet experience.
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“This is a project that hits close to home,” he said. “I have been surfing and fishing at this pier since 1979, 1980, and it’s a shame to see it in disrepair. But she’ll go out as a pier that brought wonderful memories to myself and so many people, and not as the decayed structure that could hurt somebody’s (child). She will be missed.”