WHAT: Meeting to hear public comments on proposed walk-on fee at Jennette's Pier
WHEN: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Jennette's Pier, 7223 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, N.C.
WHO: N.C. Division of Aquariums will host meeting
RALEIGH – Reporters are invited to a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head to hear public comments on a proposal to institute a walk-on fee for pier visitors.
Currently, a donation of $2 is requested to walk out on the 1,000-foot long, concrete fishing pier. Customers can pay at a cash register or drop their donations into a collection box next to the main doors leading out to the pier.
The N.C. Division of Aquariums will consider public input at the meeting and written comments before deciding whether to implement a walk-on fee.
Verbal and written comments will be received during the meeting, which will be held upstairs in Oceanview Hall. Written comments also can be submitted through Aug. 23 by email to email@example.com
or by mail to David Griffin, N.C. Division of Aquariums, 3125 Poplarwood Court Suite 160, Raleigh, N.C. 27604.
Visitors enjoy free access to the 16,000-square foot pier house that features two large fish tanks, restrooms and a gift, tackle and snack shop. The Jennette's Pier complex also features public beaches, a bathhouse and free parking.
Jennette's Pier is the fourth facility in the state Division of Aquariums, an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island is about 15 minutes from the pier near Manteo. The two other North Carolina aquariums are at Pine Knoll Shores near Atlantic Beach and Fort Fisher near Carolina Beach.