ABOUT TOWN

Disabled boats at Port Royal shrimp docks to be dismantled, removed

emoody@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 13, 2013 

Three disabled shrimp boats at the Port Royal docks, including one that sank earlier this year, will be dismantled and hauled away soon, town officials say.

Waste Pro, which recently won a town contract for residential garbage pickup, will bring dumpsters to the shrimp docks, and the town will hire laborers to dismantle the boats, town manager Van Willis said.

The process is expected to cost a few thousand dollars, and some of that money can be recouped by selling scrap metal salvaged from the boats, Willis said. Liens will be placed on the boats to try to recoup the rest from their owners.

"If we didn't participate in this, it wouldn't get done," Willis said.

One of the boats sank at the docks at the beginning of the year and drifted, becoming a hazard for boaters on Battery Creek. An orange buoy tied to the boat was the only warning sign at high tide that it was there. The boat has since been dragged toward shore.

Owner Mark Smith has said he tried to recover or remove it, but those efforts failed. He noted that the boat is visible during low tide.

The other two boats had been tied to the docks and were "mechanically unsound," Willis said. They were moved when the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management granted permission for the boats to be beached on the shore hundreds of yards from the docks, while the owners and the town determined what to do.

The beached boats will be dismantled first, and then Smith's boat will be dragged ashore for disposal, Willis said.

In other changes about town:

  • Bay Street Outfitters, 815 Bay St., Beaufort, is preparing for its move to the former Lipsitz Department Store and intends to open at 825 Bay St. in October, according to owner Tony Royal. The recently renovated space is slightly larger than Bay Street Outfitters' current location. The store will continue selling outdoor and travel clothing for men and women, and the sporting merchandise section will be expanded. Back Country Captains will continue to offer charter fishing trips and the fly-casting school, and additional dates have been added to the two-day Orvis School at Oldfield. Information: 843-524-5250, baystreetoutfitters.com
  • Burlap Cafe has opened in Beaufort Town Center, in the former home of Fryed Green Tomatoes at Quality Inn, 2001 Boundary St. The cafe is a new venture by Southern Graces Catering, with "casual, Lowcountry" food, fresh-baked goods, jams, rubs and gifts. Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Information: 843-379-2288, facebook.com/SouthernGraces
  • Liquidator's Clothes Line, a discount retailer of high-end clothing and accessories, is opening with a preview sale for Facebook fans from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at 164 Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort. Information: 843-379-3500, facebook.com/LiquidatorsClothesLine

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