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Surfside officials announce updated progress on popular Surfside Pier

Surfside Beach Pier is snapped off on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, as high tide comes in and Hurricane Matthew goes north.
Surfside Beach Pier is snapped off on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, as high tide comes in and Hurricane Matthew goes north.

The town of Surfside continues to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), and the Town’s recovery team in an effort to restore the Surfside Beach Fishing Pier.

Significant progress has been made to date, however, many questions related to FEMA funding still remain. The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program is extremely complex and has many requirements that if not followed correctly may jeopardize FEMA funding. Currently, the town, with support from Collins Engineers and Hagerty Consulting, is working to provide FEMA with an accurate and comprehensive damage assessment in order to fully substantiate FEMA funding, according to a press release.

Additionally, the engineering firm will identify potential technically feasible and cost effective hazard mitigation measures in order to rebuild the pier stronger and more resilient than before Hurricane Matthew. Once this is complete, a meeting with town council and the public will be held so that an actual scope of work can be developed. This should happen within the next 8 to 10 weeks, depending on FEMA timelines.

Town Administrator, Micki Fellner, stated that, “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. Unfortunately, this means our hope of having it reopened by May of 2018 will likely not come to fruition.” Mayor Robert “Bob” F. Childs, III Administrator Micki Fellner Town Clerk Debra E. Herrmann, CMC Mayor Pro Tempore Ron Ott Town Council Timothy T. Courtney Mark L. Johnson David L. Pellegrino Julie M. Samples Randle M. Stevens Page | 2 The Family Beach Dedicated people providing quality and responsive service to our community.

Fellner said, “In order to comply with all Federal, State, and Local requirements, the rough timeline for the project could possibly extend into the spring or summer of 2019, depending on the final scope of work approved by FEMA and authorized by the Town Council.”