Avon Pier, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center allowed to reopen

By on October 12, 2013

The fishing center has been deserted since the federal shutdown started Oct. 1. (Rob Morris)

The fishing center has been deserted since the federal shutdown started Oct. 1. (Rob Morris)

The National Park Service let both the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and Avon Pier resume operating on Sunday, nearly two weeks after they were closed because of the partial federal government shutdown.

Both privately-operated businesses are located in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and operate as concessionaires of the National Park Service.

The owners of Avon Pier defied the order and reopened last weekend, but were closed again on Monday and had not attempted to reopen.

Charter boats that run out of the marina on the north shore of Oregon Inlet scattered to docks on Roanoke Island after the shutdown so they could run fishing trips, while the fishing center office continued to book reservations for the captains.

Late in the week, however, shoaling at Oregon Inlet made passage impossible.

There was no indication about a change in status of the three local national parks, and
Park Service Outer Banks Group spokesperson Cyndy Holda said more information would be available Sunday.

The beaches and attractions in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site have also been closed since the partial federal government shutdown started on Oct. 1.

The Lost Colony’s Halloween-themed fundraiser was delayed one night last weekend until producers of the outdoor drama chose to open “Psychopath” last Saturday, and held their formal grand opening on Friday.



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