Laura Lewis
Fisher-people and visitors congregate on the 60-year-old landmark Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier at 1 W. First St. on another busy summer day.
Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier reels in 60th birthday

OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It’s weathered storms, crowds and lots of happy, vacationing families.

The Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier, which turns 60 this year, has proven its endurance as it continues to thrive with more of the same anticipated in coming years.

Terry Thorup, who for the past three years has managed the family-owned wooden pier built in 1956 and launched the following year by his uncle, Odell Williamson, said a portion of the historic 968-foot-long structure stretching into the Atlantic is original.