If Oak Island's Yaupon pier is torn down, North Carolina will have only nineteen public piers left. That's down from twenty-five just two years ago. “We need to do things to help preserve it,” said Al Baird of the North Carolina Public Access Foundation. Baird recently started the foundation, whose mission is to keep the state’s natural resources open to the public. “If we don't, then sooner or later people aren't going to have anywhere to go to fish, to enjoy the beach,” Baird said. On Saturday the foundation held a fishing tournament benefit to help the Town of Oak Island buy the Yaupon pier. The pier closed last fall, after the bank foreclosed on it. “That's the only pier that's like a family oriented thing,” said Richard Mabe, who lives in Oak Island. “When people come out there to go fishing, it felt like they was with family.” The town has already received a five hundred thousand dollar grant to buy the pier. They still have to match that grant and obtain close to four hundred thousand more dollars on top of that. “We need to save it,” Mabe said. “No matter what goes on, the pier needs to be saved.” Saturday's fishing tournament raised about $1000, but organizers say more donations are coming in. Al Baird says they will turn the money over to the town when a deal to buy the pier is made. Otherwise, donors may get their money back.
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