during its existence. Its heartbeat might
be interrupted, but it always starts
again. Even after complete destruction
in 1954 from Hurricane Hazel, the
original pierhouse was moved to the
road and used as an eatery for relief
workers. Today, it’s still open and oper-ating
as the Kure Beach Diner, just a
stone’s throw away from the pier.
Since its last complete rebuild after
Hurricane Bertha in 1996, the pier
has remained standing. Hurricane
Florence knocked down some of the
railing when it roared through in
September, but otherwise the structure
stood strong in the storm.
Right, top: Kure Beach Pier hosts
several fishing tournaments each year.
Right, bottom: Visitors enter through
the pier house, which includes a gift
shop. There’s no charge to walk onto
the pier. Owner Mike Robertson would
rather folks buy something in the shop
on the way in or out.
ALLISON POTTER TERI CHABOT