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A look at Surfside Beach

The priorities for Surfside Beach this year will be to maintain services and encourage its biggest industry: tourism.

The town will add two events this year: A Taste of Surfside Beach and a bluegrass festival. Last year, the town more than doubled the number of events in Surfside Beach to lure more visitors.

"We're trying to position ourselves to move forward so that when the recovery comes, we're ready," said Town Administrator Ed Booth.

To balance its 2009-10 budget, the town eliminated employee Christmas bonuses and put off replacing vehicles.

"Our concern is what other cuts could still come down from the state that could affect things like street repairs," Booth said. "We probably get half a million dollars from the state."

Despite the tough budget, the town has been able to move forward on projects such as building a dog park, renovating the pier and finishing the construction of a $2 million fire station this spring.

The town also is moving ahead on plans to redevelop its core downtown district on Surfside Drive by widening sidewalks, adding parking, repaving the road and putting in trees and greenery. The project is expected to cost about $130,000.

- Aliana Ramos