Hearing could determine future of Surfside Beach pier

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) What lies ahead for the Surfside Beach Pier may finally be decided next month.

A hearing has been scheduled for March 21 at 9:30 a.m. to decide if the case against the Town of Surfside Beach filed by John Sifonios will be dismissed.

Sifonios filed a suit against the town, claiming that a valid and binding lease agreement still exists, though the Town of Surfside Beach rescinded their agreement with Sifonios to run a restaurant on the pier.

Court documents filed in July of 2011 by the Town of Surfside Beach insist that no formal agreement exists. The town has asked that the case be dismissed.

Kenneth Moss, attorney for the Town of Surfside Beach, told WMBF News that either contingencies in Sifonios' case are not dismissed it will proceed to trial at a later date. The two contingencies in the case, validation of the lease agreement and an injunction, are considered as separate issues.

Moss added that Sifonios is listed as an agent for third parties in the lawsuit, third parties which were never part of any agreement.

Moss continued that the judge should dismiss the case because the Town of Surfside Beach has entered a lease agreement with another party for that space.

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