092817 Murrells Inlet: Marina sues over damage from runoff
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Pipes from the channel dredging run past a bulkhead at Marsh View Marina.

Murrells Inlet: Marina sues over damage from runoff

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

The owner of a Murrells Inlet marina says stormwater runoff from Business 17 has caused over $100,000 in damage to docks and bulkheads. Marsh View Marina filed suit last week in Circuit Court against Georgetown County and the state Department of Transportation seeking actual and punitive damages.

The complaint, filed last week, cites three rainstorms in 2015 and 2016 that caused damage to the marina because of DOT’s “inadequate pipes” under the highway that drain stormwater toward the creek. The county’s maintenance sweeping of the bike lanes on Business 17 also creates “a ridge of dirt” that channels stormwater onto the marina property.

The marina and Inlet Bait and Tackle, a business that leases space on the site, “have continually made complaints about Defendants’ activities since 2012,” according to the suit. The marina is owned by Frank Hursey of West Hartford, Conn., and the bait shop is owned by Adam Wiseman of Murrells Inlet. The property is across the road from the spoils site used by Georgetown County during last year’s dredging of channels along Murrells Inlet. The work further blocked the drainage pipes, adding to the problem, the suit states. The flow of stormwater caused the marina’s bulkhead to fail, damaged docks and eroded six parking spaces. The marina has lost the use of boat slips and dock space. It and the bait shop have lost business as a result, according to the complaint.

The marina wanted the state to “shave down the shoulder” of the highway to alter the flow of stormwater. “The shoulder is a main source of the channeling of the water directly into Plaintiffs’ parking lot causing the damage to the Plaintiffs’ bulkhead,” the suit states.

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