On the weekend of October 8, 2016, Surfside Beach was hit by Hurricane Matthew, the first category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007. Matthew was down to a category 2 by the time it hit the South Carolina coast. Despite the downgrade in strength, Matthew hit hard. Our pier suffered extensive damage, losing over 50 percent of its length and scattering debris from Ocean Lakes to Garden city. It was a devastating blow.
The pier is currently closed to fishing.
As of Spring 2018, FEMA has approved funds to rebuild the pier bigger and better and are conducting an Environmental and Historical Impact Study. This process could take 6-18 months.
Once the study is complete, the Town can then seek bids to rebuild the pier.
We all know that a major portion of the Surfside Beach Pier was destroyed in October 2016 by Hurricane Matthew. What has happened since then?
A Message from the Mayor Hellyer;
The Town has been working with Collins Engineering, LS3P Architects and FEMA to identify and evaluate potential repair or replacement designs. The proposed design draws upon a pier expansion plan that was initiated and town-approved in early 2016. The proposed design will utilize the same pier footprint, but incorporate other FEMA-approved hurricane resistant features. In March and April 2017, public pier workshops were conducted wherein 3 repair or replacement designs were reviewed. It was determined that the Town would pursue a concrete, hurricane resistant replacement pier design. Such design included the addition of a 3rd building and expanded indoor and outdoor restaurant space. Collins Engineering and LS3P undertook to finalize this design at that time. In Spring 2018, FEMA approved the plans and conducted an Environmental and Historical Impact Study. Final FEMA permit was received in August 2019.
While fishing from the pier has been prohibited since the damage occurred, the Pier Outfitters, Licks Ice Cream and Surf Diner have remained open for business. Pier Outfitters and Licks Ice Cream have permanently closed at the end of the 2019 season. Surf Diner remains open until demolition is schedule to start. The Town and the Atlantic Restaurant Group remain in negotiations of the terms to suspend or amend the current restaurant lease.
In a recent meeting with Collins Engineering and LS3P Architects the following schedule was agreed:
Bid packages ready for transmittal – January 30, 2020
Proposals due from qualified contractors – March 30, 2020
Contract Awards – April 30, 2020
Start of Demolition – May 15,2020
It is anticipated that the project will take a minimum of 18 months to complete. The photos of the renderings will be posted soon.
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