FEMA gives verbal agreement to fund Surfside pier renovations with upgrades

Surfside Beach meeting (Credit: Nicholas Papantonis)

The pier in Surfside Beach has caused many people headaches over the past several months with a lot of unanswered questions.

Back in October, FEMA said that the project would get no more than $5.5 million in funding.

At the town meeting happening now, FEMA has given some insight into what could possibly be the future for the pier.

FEMA has verbally agreed to fund the Surfside Beach pier with all the upgrades the town is seeking, according to the acting administrator.

That means that the pier can be rebuilt with concrete, estimated at a cost of more than $9 million.

If FEMA holds true to their agreement, this could be a huge deal for the town of Surfside.

However, FEMA only gave verbal indication and not a written one. Therefore, their statement is not legally binding at this time, meaning FEMA can still change their minds.

No exact date has been given for that written approval.

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