Surfside Beach town council discusses saltwater fishing guidelines

Surfside Beach town council is considering new guidelines for saltwater fishing.

At a town council workshop Monday night, leaders heard from community members about coming up with guidelines to protect swimmers and fishermen in Surfside Beach.

The Surfside Beach Pier was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and most likely won't reopen until Summer 2018.

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Town officials said they are concerned that, with the pier gone, they will see an increase in surf fishing.

"People coming and sitting on the beach, wading in the ocean--they take their trips here, and that's what we offer them. And, to have people casting hooks next to them is not a good idea," said Surfside Beach Mayor Pro-Tempore Ron Ott.

The council is expected to take up an ordinance to regulate saltwater fishing sometime soon.

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