It’s a Lowcountry icon and the Folly Beach Fishing Pier is getting a makeover. Charleston County Parks (CCPRC) have announced they’ll be replacing the pier, with construction to begin before the end of the year. Once work begins, the pier will be closed for 18-22 months. Plans for the new pier are still in the design phase, but CCPRC assures it will have all of the elements visitors love including fishing stations, places the watch the sunset and plenty of room to get down during the popular Moonlight Mixer dance series.
The current 1,045 foot pier opened in 1995. Although it is still safe for visitors, the piles are deteriorating due to marine boring worms. CCPRC began dive inspections and strengthening efforts in 2013, but the typical life expectancy of wooden timber piles is 20-25 years. Although the walkway section will be closed throughout construction, Pier 101 Restaurant, the Folly Beach Pier gift shop and restroom facilities will all remain open as normal. The rectangular deck area behind Pier 101 will also remain open and will be a great place to check in on construction progress. That deck will be replaced after the pier walkway has reopened.
During construction, access around and under the pier will be restricted as heavy equipment will be used. About a third of the pier’s parking lot may also be affected. Although fishing from the pier and other events will be impacted during construction, the following events will still go on as planned before the space closes:
Friday, May 24: Moonlight Mixer
Saturday, May 25: Cast Off Fishing Tournament
Friday, June 21: Moonlight Mixer
Saturday, June 22: Cast Off Fishing Tournament
Friday, July 26: Moonlight Mixer
Friday, August 16: Moonlight Mixer
Friday, September 13: Moonlight Mixer