Farewell to Long
January 2, 2006 – Oak Island,
North Carolina (NC) - Local residents, regular visitors and tourists
alike are swarming to Long Beach Pier
for one last walk on the historic pier. The pier, officially the
longest pier in the state of North Carolina, will close forever on
January 6th. The pier will be demolished sometime in February to
make way for new oceanfront homes.
Long Beach Pier was built in
the 1950s by Jimmy Bigford who later sold the pier to Harvey
Ratcliffe. The pier was operated by Jimmy Ratcliffe for some 20
years before being sold again to Dave Beckner in 1989. Dave Beckner
operated the pier for almost 10 years before selling the business to
the current owner, Tommy Thomes in 1998.
The pier has withstood dozens
of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms over the years but has always been
rebuilt. The pier is home to many fond memories and is not likely to
be soon forgotten. The closing of the pier was commemorated by a New
Year's Eve bonfire on December 31, 2005.
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