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% of its length and scattering debris from Ocean Lakes to Garden City. It was a devastating blow. View a video of pier damage.
A new pier is currently under construction.
In April 2022, the town conducted a survey on behalf of the pier committee. Read the results (PDF) of that survey.
In November 2022, at the town's annual Family Festival, the pier committee conducted an additional survey. Read the results (PDF) of that survey.