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Aldermen grant permit for Oceanic pier expansion

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- It's time to expand. Thursday night, the Board of Alderman approved a conditional use permit for the Oceanic to allow an extra 115 outdoor seats on its pier.

Because of the Oceanic pier's poor condition, it was required to be repaired or demolished. With the extra money from more customers, the pier can eventually be repaired, allowing for a public access section beyond the restaurant seating.

There are a few conditions to the permit: the pier must have a barrier to make sure garbage does not blow off the pier and music cannot be played after 10 p.m.

Mayor Cignotti says this is a win-win. The pier gets repaired and the public will be able to use the pier to fish.

“As you know North Carolina’s piers are disappearing at a fairly fast rate and we're trying to preserve some of the fishing piers and this is one pier that we are hoping to preserve,” Cignotti says.

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