The Pier first opened to the public on July 2, 1898, offering entertainment of all types - including concerts, dancing, lectures, and a casino located at the very end of the pier. The 1825 foot structure was built with three pavilions by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company for a cost of $38,000. The Pier has seen many hardships over the years. In November of 1898, the pier and casino were partially damaged by a storm. The Casino was rebuilt in 1899.In August of 1907, a fire destroyed the entrance. Once again, the pier was rebuilt in 1908 only to have one of the pavilions swept away by the great storm of March, 1909. This storm caused extensive damage and the casino was shortened by 1,000 feet from its original length of 1,825 feet. The middle of the century saw the hay-day of the Pier Casino Ballroom, which held as many as 5,000 people. The Ballroom was noted for its moving picture shows and live entertainment, featuring acts such as Frank Sinatra, Xavier Cugat and Benny Goodman. Celebrities and Dignitaries alike made this one of the premier spots to visit on the east coast.
Over the years, a series of storms ebbed away at the pier causing the casino to be razed in 1970.......then, the great blizzard of 1978 destroyed what was left of the pier. The Pier, as we know it today, was re-opened in 1980, and houses many fine shops and restaurants. The Golzbein family, the current owners of the Pier, have had a presence here since its inception and are the fourth ownership generation of the Pier. Currently the Pier continues to undergo transformation and was featured in the 2002 Motion Picture, "In the Bedroom," which received an Academy Award nomination.Today, the Pier's reputation for great food, great entertainment, and all around fun keeps vacationing families and people from all walks of life coming back to see us year after year. For that, we thank you all........We're extremely proud of our establishment and will continue to strive to offer our visitors the very best experience possible.