Wilmington, NC – An online petition is calling on state officials to get involved in efforts to preserve public saltwater fishing piers in North Carolina.
Paul Graham, co-sponsor of the petition, says private pier owners are plagued by hurricane risks and financial difficulties, and many are scrambling to sell.
Graham says the fishing piers are very important to him and to many long-time beachgoers, and it would be a shame to lose such a valuable part of North Carolina's coastal culture.
My son was pretty much raised on the Sportsman's Pier. We go down there almost every weekend. It was such an incredible experience for him not just the fishing part of it, but meeting so many people.
Graham says it's time for the state to step up and construct at least six concrete piers along the coast.
He says the online petition currently boasts over twelve hundred signatures, but they're shooting for ten thousand.