Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head hasn’t even opened for business, yet concerns are already starting to mount. Commissioner Renee Cahoo, who also held the position of Nags Head Mayor when the pier was in its financial and developmental stages, recently said she was concerned about the noise coming from the three wind turbines installed on the state-of-the-art pier. She said, according to the The Outer Banks Voice, she heard complaints about the turbines when winds were 20 to 25 knots. She told the voice, “It sounds like helicopters are screaming around that area.”
In response, the voice reported:
“Police Chief Kevin Brinkley said he recently conducted decibel readings that came in at 61 to 65 in 11 to 17 mph winds, which exceeds the town’s limits. But it was impossible to tell how much ambient noise, such as the surf, was contributing to noise levels, he said.”
As this is not the first glitch/oversight to be reported when it comes to the pier’s three wind turbines, it’s highly doubtful that it will also be the last. Only time will tell if the $25 million taxpayer-funded pier will be another boondoggle, with possibly two more on the way.