SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The fight between the Town of Surfside Beach and former pier tenants is seeing its day in court.
A lawsuit filed on Dec. 28 by longtime Surfside Beach pier tenant Nibils names the Town of Surfside Beach, businessman Bill Rempfer, former town administrator Ed Booth and Cecil Chandler as defendants.
Nibils was in business for 22 years when Surfside Beach took over the restaurant's lease.
According to Surfside Town Administrator Ed Booth, by town ordinance and state law, Surfside Town Council has an obligation to make public buildings like Nibils available to other business owners to bid on.
After Nibils announced they were closing up shop, the town had a big vacancy to fill.
At the time, Doug Samples estimates Nibils paid close to $74,000 a year in rent to the town, which breaks down to close to $40 per square foot per year.
In early 2011, Nibils opened its Myrtle Beach location, turning a new leaf after their controversial exit from Surfside Beach.
Horry County Public Records show the case against the town and Grand Strand businessmen is still pending.