EMERALD ISLE, Carteret County - The newly renovated Bogue Inlet Pier will open on schedule March 11, but work on the pier house and restaurant will continue.
The 1000-foot pier, which was built in 1959 and originally opened in 1960, has been owned by Mike Stanley's family since 1971. He said he will spend more than $1 million when the project is complete.
The pier has new pylings from the water line back to the parking lot.
"It's so sturdy you drive a cement truck on it," Stanley said.
It also has new LED lights on top and underneath.
"Those lights will attract minnows and make for good night fishing," Stanley said.
Stanley promised in November, when they were tearing it down, he would have it open in time for the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Day Celebration the weekend of March 11. But the new two-story pier house is going to take a little longer.
"We are hoping for Easter (April 16)," Stanley said.
Stanley said the pier house will be much easier for patrons to use and will have new refrigeration including a big beer cooler, and air conditioning. The upstairs will be used for office space and storage, but he is not ruling out making it retail space in the future. The restaurant, named Surf's Up, will take a little longer to complete.
"We are planning on June or July," Stanley said. "It's depending on when we get our new septic system in and how quickly we can get it together. We have to finish our other building and pier shop, but we will have it done this year that's our plan.
"We really are happy how its come out and a little surprised how well it came out."