Wrightsville Beach is the home of Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier to the north and Crystal Pier to the south. The swath of land between the two structures is 1.7 miles long. Both were originally constructed in the late 1930s.
The new, 945-foot-long Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier, 23 Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach [Map this], reopened in 2002, six years after sustaining damage from Hurricanes Bertha and Fran. It was the first concrete pier in North Carolina built to withstand sustained 200 mph hurricane winds.
The Crystal Pier, part of the Oceanic, 703 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach [Map this], has fallen victim to multiple storms and is no longer used for fishing, although the portion over the sand is open and has tables that diners flock to in the warm months.
The two piers flank the course for the Pier-2-Pier Swim Race, an annual open water ocean swim hosted by the Cape Fear Aquatic Club and the Wilmington Family YMCA. 2009 marks the fifth year for the event, with the race scheduled for Sept. 12. Competition is open to all swimmers 11yrs old and up.
Date posted: September 1, 2009
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