Boardwalk repairs underway in Port Royal

boardwalkrepair5Work is well underway to repair the boardwalk at The Sands in Port Royal after it sustained damage from tropical storm Irma’s surge at high tide on September 11th.

Crews from O’Quinn Marine have been tearing down the damaged section of the walkway, making sure the pilings are stable and will soon rebuild the walkway and rails.

According to a spokesman from O’Quinn on Wednesday, the boardwalk should be completed inside the next six weeks.

The iconic boardwalk is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. At approximately a quarter-mile long with a three story tower, folks flock to it year-round to enjoy fishing, a nice walk or a even a great workout.

Original estimates said it could take month’s to complete. This is certainly better news.

boardwalkrepair3Irma, a storm some 500 miles wide, after tearing up the Caribbean, the Florida Keys and then Miami, made landfall on Sunday afternoon at Marco Island on Florida’s southwest coast and then proceeded north at a slow pace which gave Beaufort a full day’s worth of a battering on September 11th knocking out power to tens of thousands locally and causing widespread flood damage all over Beaufort County.

The Sands Beach and the boat landing are still both open while the repairs are being made, and the town advises everyone to remain clear of the boardwalk.

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