February 2021

 

A newly launched North Carolina initiative now provides free wireless internet access in the Pier parking lot, thanks to the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The NC Student Connect “Park and Learn” program aims to provide free high-speed WiFi access to students in rural areas. Just look for the blue and gold Student Connect placards.

In another venture designed to create lifelong kid connections to fishing, 60 young anglers will receive their First Fish Certificates in the mail to recognize catches on the Pier in 2020. It’s a program run by our Visitor Services team and administered by Lynn Fox.

This spring, visitors may notice replacements for many donors’ Own-a-Plank tiles. The fresh tiles will be embedded in the newer planks on our north ramp. Maintenance tech Sammy Thornton has been busy rotating out the old cracked and broken tiles with new ones.

In April, our partners at Coastal Studies Institute plan to use a crane to deploy a mock wave-powered desalination device. It’s in preparation for the Waves to Water DRINK stage competition to be hosted at Jennette’s in 2022. Sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this Made in America Challenge pits innovative designers in a cash-prize competition to create a device that uses wave action to produce drinking water.

 
 

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