There’s a reason for all the banging and noise you’ve heard around Harbour Town lately.
Three projects are underway, and two of them are expected to be completed this month, officials said Friday.
Here’s what’s going on:
Harbour Town pier
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In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew wiped out this prime photo spot that frames the Harbour Town lighthouse in the background. Construction has been ongoing since.
The renovated T-shaped pier is expected to open Feb. 18, according to Harbourmaster Nancy Cappelmann.
The pier will have a roof structure, a new sign and lighting, Rob Bender, director of recreation and marine operations at the Sea Pines Resort said previously.
This project has had several delays, and was originally expected to open in June 2017.
In December, the opening date was pushed to the end of January.
Cappelmann said officials are still dealing with electrical issues, which has caused the further delay.
Harbour Town Yacht Club
Construction to the yacht club began Nov. 1 and is expected to be completed by mid-to-late March, according to Victor Davidson, general manager of the Harbour Town Yacht Club.
The $1.2 million renovation project includes adding a rooftop veranda and gutting and redoing several meeting rooms on the third floor, Davidson said. The third floor renovations are expected to be completed by March 10, he said.
“The rooftop veranda will be almost iconic now,” Davidson said. “Now you’re going to be able to really enjoy the view of the fabulous lighthouse and the fabulous yacht basin.”
The Harbour Town Yacht Club is a private organization.
Dredging the marina
Dredging began in mid-December and is expected to be completed at the end of this month, Cappelmann said. This process helps maintain the depth of the harbor, which, among other things, allows larger boats to move in and out easily. Dredging was last done in 2013, she said.
The process involves removing debris and sediment from the bottom of the harbor, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Cappelmann compares it with vacuuming a floor.
A dredging boat is currently in the marina removing sediment, which will be pumped to a designated site off the south end of the island, she said.