MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach is closer to being rebuilt.
Two-thirds of the iconic pier was washed into the ocean by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Permits provided by the Department of Health and Environmental Control gave a look at the plans in place to rebuild the pier using steel pilings rather than timber pilings.
The permits have an issue date of January 2019.
The Beach Advisory Committee Chairman Steve Taylor said they received an update from the owners of the pier, which was briefly discussed at a meeting last week.
"I think it serves a great purpose. People like to fish and walk out there so I think its a good amenity for our community,” Taylor said.
He added that a temporary access pier will be built to aid in the reconstruction of the Springmaid Pier.
"They haven’t started actually doing anything out in the ocean. When that happens I would imagine that there will be some safety things put into place to keep people away from that area, I would imagine, over the next 24 months as they rebuild that pier,” Taylor said.
It is unclear how long it will actually take to rebuild the pier.
The Double Tree Hilton, the hotel which owns the pier, responded to our inquiry asking for an update on the pier. The hotel said said the person to speak to about the pier is out of the office, but will be back next week.