the total removal of the Frisco (or Cape Hatteras) Pier is currently on
hold due to the beginning of the sea turtle nesting and hatching
season, the parking lot that borders the former structure has re-opened
to the public this week.
parking area was closed for the duration of the project, which began in
December 2017, although the beach near the site remained open over the
past few months, when safety conditions allowed.
the pier stood on the site in Frisco, the parking lot and the road that
led to the structure were both privately owned. However, now that the
majority of the pier has been removed, the parking lot and road will
remain open to the public, and a future comfort station with restrooms
– perhaps similar to the Bathhouse in between Frisco and Hatteras
village – has already been proposed and is being considered.
plan is to install some sort of a restroom facility at some point,”
said Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac.
“We’re not sure if that will happen in the next year, or within the
next three years, but that is on the list [of projects] to accomplish.”
of this week, the contractor has removed all of the equipment and
scraped sand back up to reform the dunes, so the beach and parking area
are usable right now,” said Hallac.
contractor for the project got the bulk of the piling removal done
before the early May deadline, (when sea turtle nesting season begins),
however there are still some submerged pilings that will need to be
removed. Work is scheduled to resume again in September, 2018.