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Hunting Island’s Little Blue: A structure gone, a ‘memory’ never forgotten

You're going to love this view of 'Little Blue'

One of the last cabins at Hunting Island State Park, known as “Little Blue,” still sits in the Atlantic Ocean even after Hurricane Matthew went along the coast in October, 2016 as shown in this drone footage shot by Erik Anderson with May River Me
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One of the last cabins at Hunting Island State Park, known as “Little Blue,” still sits in the Atlantic Ocean even after Hurricane Matthew went along the coast in October, 2016 as shown in this drone footage shot by Erik Anderson with May River Me

“Little Blue,” what until recently was the last cottage standing on the southern end of Hunting Island, has been torn down.

Dawn Dawson-House, spokesperson for S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, confirmed the cottage’s demolition Friday morning.

The cottage, which stood on pilings and hovered over the Atlantic Ocean, survived October’s brush with Hurricane Matthew, even though its fate was already sealed. In September, State Park Service director Phil Gaines told The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette that Little Blue would be demolished before the end of 2016.

While the demolition was delayed to this month, the approximately 600- to 700-square-foot cottage — built in 2003 to replace a larger home lost to erosion — has finally been removed.

On Thursday, Jonathan Wilson, who was fishing near Hunting Island, took a picture of excavators working near the cottage. Wilson said that the cabin was demolished moments after he took the photo.

Charles Steinmeyer, whose mother, Sara, owns the cottage, told the newspapers in September 2016 that the family was notified earlier that year of plans to tear down Little Blue. The family considers it state property now, Steinmeyer said.

The final family outing at the cottage was for Fourth of July in 2009. The structure was cleared out and abandoned in 2010.

This story will be updated.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah's aerial flight of the Lowcountry after Matthew, a category 2 hurricane, skirted the east coast. This video features Little Blue off Hunting Island as seen on Oct. 9, 2016.

Wade Livingston: 843-706-8153, @WadeGLivingston

 

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