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Construction means shuttles for Shelter Cove fireworks

FILE: Heather and Erik Youmans of Brooklet, Ga., watch as son Parker, 8, picks out fireworks at Papa Joe's Fireworks in Hardeeville.
FILE: Heather and Erik Youmans of Brooklet, Ga., watch as son Parker, 8, picks out fireworks at Papa Joe's Fireworks in Hardeeville. Staff photo

Hilton Head Island plans to celebrate Independence Day on Thursday with a bang -- three of them, in fact.

Shows are scheduled at Shelter Cove Harbour, at Harbour Town in Sea Pines and on Skull Creek. They begin at 9 p.m., 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

Parking is an issue at one of them.

Construction on the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre -- the former site of The Mall at Shelter Cove -- means 900 spaces there won't be available. Organizers are offering four free shuttles from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The shuttles will run to and from off-site lots at Chaplin Community Park and the Hargray building on William Hilton Parkway. Those lots provide 875 spaces.

Passengers will be dropped off at Neptune Circle, near Shelter Cove Harbour, and brought back to the lots after the show.

Event organizers have been working with the Town of Hilton Head Island and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office since early May to address the parking issue.

Once the show ends, though, don't expect a quick exit.

"The bottom line on this thing is we have over four hours of people (arriving) in Shelter Cove, and when it's over, everyone wants to be home in 20 minutes -- and that's impossible," said Jack McMullin, chief of security for Coastal Security Services.

Construction began in April to build the Kroger Marketplace that will anchor one end of the redeveloped center.

Work at the center is expected to be complete by February.

Follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian.

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