Jennette’s Pier celebrates 10 years of operation since reopening

Published 2:53 pm Thursday, June 3, 2021

On May 21, 2021, Jennette’s Pier celebrated the tenth anniversary of its grand reopening.

Dare County and the Town of Nags Head helped acquire the oceanfront property. Construction of the $25 million concrete pier lasted from 2009 to 2011.

Since that reopening, 1.75 million people have walked the pier. Some 4.5 million people actually visited the site. School children visits number 60,000. Summer camps have engaged 2,500 students. The site has hosted more than 500 weddings.

Pier director Mike Remige shared information with Dare County’s commissioners May 17.

Estimated economic output over the 10 years is $53 million; $100 million in offsite spending; offsite rentals total $20 million; $3 million in state and local taxes were generated.

Since 2003, Jennette’s Pier has partnered with the East Carolina University’s Coastal Studies Institute. The pier and Coastal Studies Institute have a Memorandum of Agreement that Jennette’s Pier is the institute’s research platform for marine observance and research.

Two exciting projects are underway at the pier:

– Waves to Water Prize. A year from now, this international competition is coming to Jennette’s Pier. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the five-stage competition aims to spur innovation in wave energy and desalinization.

For five days in April 2022, Jennette’s Pier will serve as the research and competition platform for four to six competitors to set up devices and angle for a $500,000 prize.

The competition brings more to pier. For the entire month of April, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is renting the pier’s 3,500 square foot event space for displays and education adventures.

– Atlantic Marine Renewable Energy Center. The center is a collaborative with University of New Hampshire, the Coastal Studies Institute, Lehigh University and Stony Brook University. The group is pulled together to address research, development and testing of marine renewable technology leading toward commercialization. The collaborative is developing the power for the “blue economy.”

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