MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) – The project has been an idea for almost a decade. Now, it is finally a reality.
The money to fund the Jetty View Walk comes from the group Murrells Inlet 20/20, a grant from the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, and fees from permits to sell alcohol at local businesses.
That includes Hot Fish Club, where employees say it is all worth the wait.
"We have a local feels, a lot of great restaurants, a lot of great live music. It's just a different venue down here, it brings all walks of life," expressed Alex Levy, a bartender at Hot Fish Club.
Now, even more people will be walking to the south end of the inlet.
"The Jetty View Walk is modeled after the Marsh Walk which has been successful in attracting people down here. People who want to eat,walk around, and end up lingering and going into other local businesses," said Jackie Broach, a spokeswoman for Georgetown County.
With the official opening of the 450 feet boardwalk, the public now has access to parts of the inlet only reachable by boat before now.
"I think it will get people down here to the south end and really give people an interesting view, especially since you can walk over the water and hopefully bring a lot of people down here," said Levy.
Levy and other employees at Hot Fish Club say the boardwalk is already pulling in a crowd, even before Thursday's Grand Opening. They are seeing more people coming in.
"We found it by accident, it just caught our eye. I had to come out here and try to capture it with my camera," said Terri Allen, a tourist visiting the area.
The free admission to the spectacular sights is an added bonus.
"We appreciate parks, places you don't have to pay. Maybe find a picnic bench, put a blanket down, just sit down and enjoy the view," said Steve Shields, also visiting the area.
The county hopes with Morse Park Landing now being part of the National Heritage Corridor even more people will hear about the walkway and want to explore the inlet.
"Hopefully they come and see how much we have to offer and they want to stay or come back," said Broach.