SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Construction on the Surfside Pier is nearly a month behind schedule, but leaders are still moving forward with plans to reopen the popular attraction this weekend.
Town Administrator Ed Booth says depending on how quickly contractors move along, sections of the pier could be open by Sunday or Monday.
Booth estimates the town has spent nearly $32,000 on lumber and $45,000 on labor for the project. Several of the pier's bottom pilings needed replacement and the entire deck and railings are receiving a facelift.
"As far as I understand, we're going to barricade where I am working at and I'll be decking half of the pier, letting the other half be accessed by the fisherman," explained Don Wright, who is working on the pier's upper deck.
Wright says he can complete about 25 feet of work per day and estimates it will be another five to eight weeks before the pier is completely finished.
Nancy Simpson, an employee of Nibil's Restaurant, which sits right next to the pier, says she's looking forward to pier opening again and more business coming their way.
"Nibils gets a lot of business because of the pier, and the fact that the pier hasn't been open has taken away business," said Simpson.
Timothy Green, who owns a summer house in Surfside, says he was disappointed to find the pier wasn't already open for the year.
"Well we were a little upset when we came down here and saw that the pier was all blocked off and we saw all the equipment here," said Green. "I love the pier. It's the only place we go down here."