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Future of Surfside Beach Pier still uncertain, officials say it won't be open for summer

Future of Surfside Beach Pier still uncertain, officials say it won't be open for summer (WPDE)

It looks like the most well-known attraction in Surfside Beach won't be ready for a return this summer.

It's been months since the pier was shut down because of damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Town officials are now exploring options to reopen the historic landmark and are asking for the public's help.

"The funding will be a big factor in it, we'd all love to have some giant pier with everything we want but there’s a lot of cost involved. Engineers are going to look at it and suggest what we need and that will be the next step." Said Surfside Beach Mayor Bob Childs.

Brady Simpson said he’s been casting off the pier for over 50 years and he wants to see it rebuilt just the way it was.

"They talk about they want to do it like a Garden City Pier, I know there is a lot of drinking and cussing and fighting on Garden City Pier but that's not the kind of place I want to fish,” said Simpson.

The town doesn't have any specific numbers on how much it would cost, but they are looking at how FEMA could help.

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"Supposedly they'll reimburse us 75 percent of what we're going to do. I also understand it’s only of what we presently have. So, if we go bigger and broader that will be an issue,” said Childs.

The Mayor said going with concrete instead of wood would cost about two times as much, but they are looking at both options.

Kevin Fitzmaurice, one of the people who stepped up for public input, says it should be done with concrete and done right even if it costs more.

Adding visitors who want to invest in it's future could help.

"The towns sell commemorative plaques or bricks or something so you could donate towards the pier reconstruction and also get a little warm fuzzy feedback kinda like the Marshwalk has.

The Mayor says the pier won't be repaired by this summer but the hope is to finish up a plan and move forward from there.

In the meantime the city plans to continue to research costs and options.

There will be two more workshops to discuss the matter. The next one will be Monday, April 3rd, at 10 a.m., and the last one will be Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m.

All of the workshops will be held in council chambers in town hall, located at 115 U.S. Highway 17 North in Surfside Beach.

For more information, please contact Town Clerk Debra Herrmann at 843-913-6333 or dherrmann@surfsidebeach.org.

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