Surfside Beach’s pier will not be completed by the spring of 2018, as town officials had previously hoped.
A statement sent by Town Administrator Micki Fellner to the press Tuesday said that the project, which has slowed as the town works to comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency standards, could stretch as long as the summer of 2019.
“We are moving as quickly as we can but this is a complicated project, and since FEMA is involved it is critical that we do everything exactly as they require,” Fellner wrote in the statement. “Unfortunately, this means our hope of having it reopened by May of 2018 will likely not come to fruition.”
On Monday, the town announced it would not hold a fireworks show on July 4 because it is unable to shoot fireworks from the end of the pier. The end of the structure was ripped off last fall, during Hurricane Matthew.
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Though town staff were briefly considering relocating the fireworks to Martin Field, Fellner confirmed to The Sun News on Tuesday that the option will not work, and the show remains canceled.