Avon Pier suffers damage; PBR Classic canceled
Published 8:21 am Monday, October 14, 2019
After experiencing damage from the storm that became Tropical Storm Melissa, Avon Pier is canceling this year’s PBR Classic.
“Due to the damages suffered on the Avon Pier from this recent nor’easter we will have to cancel the PBR Classic for this year,” said Ellisa Thompson. “. . . we hope to have it again next year.”
The sixth annual PBR Classic charity fishing tournament was set for Veterans Day Weekend to raise funds for the Sons of the American Legion’s “Operation Comfort Warrior.” Operation Comfort Warriors is a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government.
Courtesy Avon Pier
Photos, videos and posts to the pier’s Facebook page Saturday detailed some of the impact the large, strong waves brought by the low pressure system had on the pier. “Yesterday we were aware of some damage but when we went through another high tide overnight and early this morning, we have suffered extensive damage to a couple sections on the Pier,” stated a Saturday post.
Courtesy Avon Pier
“Joe, Keith, and Stan are assessing damages and we will let you all know when and at what level we can reopen. Our owners and staff are dedicated to the Avon Pier as we understand its impact and importance to this community,” read another post. “We will do everything in our power to get it back up and running, and also empower you to be a part of rebuilding the Avon Pier. If you would like to contribute to the future of the Avon Pier then watch for our ‘Save the Pier’ campaign coming soon.”
The pier, constructed by a contractor for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the early 1960s, is famous for its spectacular views and world class fishing.
CHNS stated in a Saturday press release that Avon Pier, “like many other visitor service operations in National Parks, is managed through a concession contract – a partnership with a private business. For many years, the Seashore’s concessionaire has done an excellent job of providing high quality visitor services for park visitors.
“The Seashore is committed to working with the pier managers to fully assess the damages and evaluate options to repair and restore access.”