Myrtle Beach to get new boat landing

June 26, 2013 by  

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, boaters will soon have a new place to launch their craft into the Intracoastal Waterway.

The new launching point, which has an estimated cost of $1.5 million, has been under construction since last October. Officials say crews are finishing up a few final details, and expect the ramps to open to the public in late June; the target date for the opening is the 27th, which is on schedule.

The boat landing is located near the interchange of Highways 17 and 22, and was built in order to provide tourists and locals alike a centrally-located public entrance to the Waterway. The first phase of construction will comprise two boat launching ramps, a number of picnic tables, and parking spaces for 46 vehicles. Restrooms will be added at a later date.

Construction has been steadily ongoing since October, with the only delays caused by bad weather. The ramps are causing a lot of excitement, according to some of the tenants at the Myrtle Beach Mall, which lies close to the site of the new ramps. According to Billy Davis, who manages the Bass Pro Shop at the mall, people have been stopping in or calling the store to ask when the facility will be open.

County officials could work with a flyer printing shop to create a hand-out for stores in the mall to use when customers ask about the ramp. The hand-outs could double as a mailer, targeted to area boat owners, letting them know the facility is opening and where it’s located.