Surfside Beach Town Council discusses pier expansion

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Since there are plans for construction at the Surfside Pier to make it meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, town officials are looking to see what else they can manage.

Although the main priority is to make the pier meet federal standards, Town Administrator Micki Fellner says any additions will have to be on the East side of the pier.

WMBF News spoke with people who come to the pier and they say they want to see some changes. "People would be more likely to come out and stay longer," said Jon Reuter, who frequents the pier. "And come out more frequently.

In order to bring out more people, town officials say a main way would be to build on to the pier. But they'll have to do it with the money left over from making it wheelchair accessible.

Officials say they don't know about how much it will cost them yet, and there's about $135,000 set aside in the bank for pier improvements right now.

Last year the town council had some big plans. There were talks to make it a two story building, to bring in an arcade and to have a deck. But this year's town council wants to take a different approach.

Town leaders are expected to look at those plans Tuesday evening and decide what can actually happen without draining the bank, while some visitors say they have their own suggestions.

"Yeah it'd be really nice," said visitor Amy Bolton. "It looks like it'd really busy and if they could have more restaurants especially breakfast restaurants that would be great."

The Surfside Beach Pier Meeting starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, at the town hall building.

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