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Posted on: October 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] James T. Wilson Fishing Pier reopens after being hit by barge in November

Buckroe Beach

Oct. 15, 2020 - Hampton’s James T. Wilson Fishing Pier - closed since November when it was hit by a drifting barge - will reopen Saturday at 8 a.m. Repairs have been completed and the pier will resume regular hours until Dec. 31, when it will close until April 1. Located at 330 South Resort Blvd., the pier is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Pier admission fees have not changed, but new protocols for COVID-19 are in place, including:

  • Patrons are asked to wear masks while in the pier house area.
  • The Pier deck has been marked in 10-foot sections, and anglers (and all their equipment) must remain within these designated areas.  This will be monitored by “pier ambassadors.”  
  • Total, social-distancing capacity for the pier is 160 anglers at one time, with 72 on each side of the pier, and 16 on the end of the pier.  
  • Should the pier reach these capacities, ticket sales will be suspended for sightseers and non-fishing visitors.  
  • Water fountains will not be available.  
  • The admissions window has been outfitted with a sneeze guard barrier, and staff will be wearing masks and gloves.  Staff is also following an enhanced schedule for frequent hand-washing.  
  • Restrooms are sanitized every 4 hours.  
  • Parking will be limited to the pier parking lot after 10:00 p.m.  Overflow parking in the nearby grass lot owned by the Housing Authority will not be available.

For more information, call the city’s 3-1-1 Citizens Contact Center (757-727-8311 from your cell phone), or call the pier at 757-727-1486. You can also get more information by visiting

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