The moment that Parrotheads have been waiting for is near.
The sales center for Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head in Hardeeville opens Saturday.
According to Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward, the event organizers are expecting a few thousand people.
According to a news release from Minto Communities, the development is approved for about 3,000 homes, but only a fraction of that will be available in this first phase.
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Bill Bullock, senior vice president at Minto previously stressed, “We’re really trying not to promote (camping out).”
When Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach in Florida opened its sale center in October, more than 200 people camped out overnight.
Hardeeville police will be ready.
On Friday, two of the four lanes of Latitude Boulevard, formerly Lakeside Boulevard South, will be blocked with traffic cones to be used for parking.
There will be police officers to help with traffic control, and a few officers will stay overnight.
Minto will provide portable restrooms and golf cart shuttles.
On Saturday, 15 officers will keep traffic flowing along U.S. 278 as potential home buyers head into Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head.
The S.C. Department of Transportation is expected to erect lighted traffic signs to warn drivers of delays.
“Expect heavy traffic, slow down and be patient,” Woodward said. “We won’t know what to expect until people start showing up. We are excited, but with the influx of people coming here, that will always cause some confusion.”
To try to prevent people from feeling the need to camp out overnight, Minto will have a three-week “preview period” before buyers will sign contracts to start building their homes, although buyers can put a refundable $10,000 deposit earlier.
Doors will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, and those standing in line will get a numbered ticket in the order that they enter the building.
If you’re looking to buy, you don’t have to put an early deposit down on opening day, but you just might not get the lot of your choice.
Delayna Earley: 843-706-8151