May 8, 2018
Avon Pier Reopens after March Nor’easter Damage
By JOY CRIST
Avon Pier reopened on Friday, May 4, after finishing repairs which
stemmed from a series of nor’easters that occurred throughout the month
According to Pier Manager, Keith Matthews, the pier fared well during
the bulk of the winter, but it was the March storms, and the subsequent
loss of beach, that caused damage that needed to be addressed before
the pier could reopen for the season.
The early spring nor’easters caused noticeable erosion throughout the
central and southern Avon shoreline, from roughly the site of the Avon
Pier to the southern town limits.
“We had three or four nor’easters, back to back,” said Matthews, “and
we lost so much beach from these storms, both vertically and
horizontally. The storms exposed a lot of pilings that were put in
place in 1963, so we added nine pilings in
the beach area to make that area more secure.”
“Out in the water we did fine,” he said. “It was the loss of beach area that caused problems.”
In addition to the new pilings, the pier also had to repair and
reestablish its power supply, as the underground power lines had to be
moved overhead after the erosion cut away sections of the beach.
The Avon Pier traditionally opens on Good Friday, as it is the venue
for the local Avon Easter Sunrise Service. This year, because of the
early spring storm damage, the service was moved to the adjacent Beach
Klub, as repairs at the pier were underway.
“My grandmother always said if you have a nice February, you’ll have to
pay for it in March,” said Matthews, “and that is exactly what
But after a successful inspection last week, the pier opened to the
public on Friday, May 4, and attracted a solid crowd, as well as great
weather that lingered through Saturday.
“My goal was to open on May 4, and we did open on the 4th at 6 a.m.,”
said Matthews. “Other than doing little things as we go along, we’re
doing great, and we’re looking forward to having a busy year. Hopefully
we can have a good spring, and a quiet tropical season.”