$13,096 of $50,000 goal
The Rodanthe Pier exists solely for the enjoyment of the fine people that love to visit, vacation, and live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, whether they love or live to fish or just enjoy the beach. In December, Nor'easter Damon came through, and with it, high seas and near hurricane force winds. Just as repairs had started, a second blow hit the island... In February, a winter storm with 60-70mph winds rocked the pier for a couple days. The damage now is much worse than first feared.
Picture as of February 11, 2015:
UPDATE: As of February 12, 2015, the end of Rodanthe Pier has fallen in. The septic system is exposed to the salt water and now has to be totally replaced before opening the pier. The parking lot is currently part of the ocean and is going to have to be moved.
One of the biggest and most looked forward to events at Rodanthe Pier is the Kid's Fishing Tournament held every Memorial Day weekend. Children come out to the pier and get to catch fish, win prizes, and eat delicious food!
With a season reopening date of March 28th, the owners are doing their best to get the pier back together. As you can understand, the cost of this is more than one person can bare. Unfortunately, insurance only covers the pier house itself. It does not cover any other parts of the pier (i.e. anything that extends into the ocean or under the sand).
So, to get this amazing fishing spot, hang out and overall relaxing entity back together and ready for Summer 2015, they need the help of some awesome donors!
To donate, please just hit the DONATE NOW button at the top right of the screen. Any and every donation is appreciated and helps!
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*If anyone is interested in donating, but does not feel comfortable doing so through the GoFundMe website, please send me an email through the website with your email address and we can figure something out!*
Jessi (Terry's Daughter) and the Rodanthe Pier Crew
Rodanthe Pier Website: http://www.rodanthepierllc.com
I hope you all had a wonderful summer and even got the chance to spend some time in beautiful Rodanthe. This summer has been quite busy for me preparing for my wedding that was in Rodanthe (on the pier!) this September and finishing up grad school this past August, but I was able to spend some quality time in Rodanthe this summer.
If you have been following the piers facebook page, you have seen that the fishing this spring/summer/fall has been pretty good! Drum have started hitting the deck and we are hoping to finish out drum season with many more! The ocean has been pretty angry the last week or so with recent tropical storms and oncoming Hurricane Joaquin, so the pier fishing has been a little slow. Even though Joaquin is staying more to the east, there are some big waves hitting the planks, so we're praying for minimal to NO damage!
We hope that the residents of Rodanthe and any visitors stay safe throughout this hurricane and the rest of the season. I will do my best to keep you all up to date on the condition of the pier. Everyone stay safe and try your best to enjoy this nasty weather!
Jessi (Plumblee) Simpson
PS... I have attached a few pictures from our wedding day to remind y'all how beautiful Rodanthe (and the pier) is on a sunny day! Enjoy!
Rodanthe Pier Youth Fishing Tournament - May 23rd - 10:30am - Prizes for all kids - Lunch is provided.
~ Jessi Plumblee
Fishermen/women have been catching a ton of blue fish and puppy drum these past couple of weeks at the pier! Don't miss out... grab your rods and get on out there!
Also, don't forget about the kiddos. Each year, the Rodanthe Pier hosts the Youth Fishing Tournament. Last year was a huge success, so let's make this year even better! Grab your kids and bring them to the pier, so they can catch some fish! (Information Below)
Thank you for all of the support and donations. Please keep sharing the website and supporting Rodanthe Pier and the Rodanthe community!
Bring your children out to the 12th ANNUAL RODANTHE PIER YOUTH TOURNAMENT on May 23rd from 10:30am - 2:00pm! Ages 1-16 are eligible. Children will be divided into 3 age groups. EVERYONE will receive a PRIZE!!
It was sad to see the pier in that condition! I have been there many time over the years. The employees that work there, and the owners are so nice. Willing to answer any question that you might have. I am coming back this coming September. If you can, Please donate if you can to help rebuild the Rodanthe Pier. A Great place to vacation! Thanks!
The sooner the Rodanthe Pier is operational, the better! It's a true treasure for the community and all the seasonal visitors.
Heartbreaking. Rodanathe needs this Pier, it's what draws people to this town vs some of the other towns on the island. We've been to all the piers on the Banks and this one and Rodanthe itself is hands down our favorite spot. We love that the town is so layed back and not all commercial. We love that it's so personable, it always amazes us how the business owners remember us each time we visit.
Jessi Thank you for your effort and I hope everyone reading this Shares this by putting it on their Facebook page. Its time that we, kicked in a bit to help. Our thoughts and hopes are with you.
Need full beach nourishment first before anything gets built, unless the plans are for concrete pillars , the state needs to get off their ass and get that done, start dropping the sand south of OI when they dredge instead of running it offshore...wish yall the best!!
The photos that Jeri Gautheir Benbow posted to facebook are amazing! Thank you Jeri for always keeping us up to date and showing us just how beautiful Rodanthe is and should be preserved for future visitors to enjoy!
Kevin, I am Jessi (Terry's daughter). The pictures Jeri took are amazing! If you could tell her thank you from me and the pier for letting us use her pictures on this website that would be great. We would truly appreciate her donating the proceeds from selling her photos to the pier. Thank you both once again for the pictures and spreading the word about the pier. Sincerely, Jessi and the Rodanthe Pier Crew
Please thank Jeri Gauthier Benbow for the photo posted. She and I were there when the Pier fell and she took this photo. If you wish, she is willing to donate all proceeds from her photos to get Rodanthe Pier back in action....Scott and Terry are the owners...please donate and SHARE!!!
There are a lots of children depending on their tournament this year. Not to mention the masses of folks who share what these folks have built for us. We need help NOW!