Civitas first reported on the now infamous $25 million fishing pier in Nags Head as a Bad Bill of the Week in May. The August issue of Civitas Review featured “Pier Pressure,” an in-depth background of this project and its ties to Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight (D-Dare).
Although this project was hailed as “shovel ready” by lawmakers, job creation claims were overblown and even downright ridiculous. Yet, despite concerns, the N.C. Aquariums have continued to pursue planning for additional piers in Emerald Isle and Carolina Beach.
The December issue of Civitas Review exposed how Sen. Basnight has benefited from his support of the Pier. Civitas continued to update this story, when it became clear that Basnight Construction has received subcontract work on the Pier.
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