Construction begins on Murrells Inlet walkway

July 3, 2013 by  

Construction has begun in Murrells Inlet on the new Jetty View Walk, a path that allows visitors to catch glimpses of the marsh and its wildlife.

Murrells Inlet is about 13 miles from Myrtle Beach proper, and a popular spot in which to relax and visit one of the restaurants in the area. Some of these establishments helped fund the project, which they hope will increase the number of people stopping by.

Jetty View Walk begins at the crab dock at Morse Park Landing and continues past several restaurants before stopping just short of Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant, which declined to participate in the project.

The new walkway is made of pervious pavement, which lets water drain, and boardwalk. Many such walks are made of asphalt, but that material was rejected here because of drainage issues, according to David Gantt, who is capital projects manager for Georgetown County. Gantt also said the county hopes to keep the project on schedule and within its budget, which is approximately $157,000.

JMD Construction won the contract and began designing the walk this January. One restaurateur, Jason Bosserman, manager of Fuego Mexican Grill & Cantina, said his and other local restaurants will all be helped by the new construction. He plans to bring in more live music when the project is finished, since he considers Fuego has the best marsh view. He thinks the new walkway will bring an “influx” of visitors to the area.

Gantt and other county officials might consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer for area residents. The brochure could feature photos of the marsh to invite them to use the new walkway.