Letters to the Editor

Myrtle Beach Project Anchors Boardwalk

The new Second Avenue Pier building in Myrtle Beach is possibly unique and part of a terrific anchor to the south end of the city's new boardwalk and overall downtown rejuvenation. City Manager Tom Leath, no doubt speaking for other city officials and private sector downtown interests, says, "It's a really great project. We're very excited about it."

Owner Teak Collins is confident the two-story pier building itself is unique to the East Coast. Beyond that, the pier house, set to open next week, is the first of a project that will include public parking and retail areas on both sides of Ocean Boulevard. The new pier house has a restaurant on the main floor and a rooftop bar as well as a tackle and bait shop. The pier building has huge windows giving views of the beach and ocean and the new boardwalk.

Collins and Leath say the $7 million project is a public-private one, in the sense that both the city and Collins benefit from the planned unit development . The city is allowing Collins to use about an acre of public property for part of the parking, and air rights over the boardwalk. The parking will be deeded to the city. Collins also has agreed to pay for Second Avenue North street end improvements, completing the boardwalk between First and Second avenues and a share of improvements on Ocean Boulevard. The Second Avenue Pier project promises to be a major part of downtown redevelopment.