OASK ISLAND -- Oak Island residents are growing more concerned about the town's Yaupon Pier. Thursday pier owners announced that they'll be scaling back operations to three days a week, and closing the adjacent restaurant. For some people who live nearby, this is the beginning of the end. The Yaupon Pier and adjacent restaurant were open Friday and local residents and property owners hope it will stay that way. Fisherman Randy Copeland said, "Being a property owner on the island that's one of the things I look forward to is coming down here and just relaxing on the pier." Oak Island resident Darrell Posey said, "We go watch the sunrise or the sunset everyday at the pier. We'd just like for it to stay just like it is now." Posey is one oak island resident who's worried the pier's future could be in jeopardy. A bid from the town to purchase the pier was voted down earlier this week. Posey fears it could now fall into the hands of a developer who isn't as sentimental. Oak Island resident Marcia Cashner said, "It would be devastating to have someone else come in and tear that one down." It's happened before. More than a year ago developers bought the town's Long Beach Pier, just a few miles from Yaupon. Now it's a row of empty lots that haven't been sold. Posey doesn't want to see history repeat itself. He said, "People come to the beach to fish, to have a place to launch the boat. We need to have a place that people can come to." Cashner said, "It would be a sad day in the town of Oak Island if they were to tear that pier down." No one who works on the pier or at the restaurant would comment on camera. They said they often scale back their hours this time of year anyway. The town council will meet again at ten Tuesday morning to discuss whether they should reconsider its decision not to purchase the pier. Copeland said, "Hopefully whoever buys it, whether it be the town or an investor will keep the pier and the restaurant open."
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