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Oak Island Seeks Grant Money for Yaupon Pier

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By Peter Biello

Wilmington, NC – Oak Island Mayor Johnie Vereen says he wants to use as little of his town's money as possible to pay for Yaupon Pier.

The town council approved using half a million dollars to pay for a matching grant from the State Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. That leaves the town with $800,000 to raise.

Vereen says he'd rather use state and federal grants to make up the difference.

"Yaupon Pier has been the home and the heritage to a lot of folks, whose great grandfather, father, son, grandson came here to learn to fish," says Vereen. "And it's been handed down since 1954, so fifty years of something is a long time."

Vereen says Oak Island has applied for a $300,000 Coastal Area Management Act grant and is looking for others.

Yaupon is one of twenty piers on the North Carolina coast and was foreclosed on earlier this year.

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