The Surfside Beach City Council on Tuesday agreed to cover the cost of decorative street lighting in the Harbor Lights subdivision.
In 2013, the Harbor Lights HOA wanted something more for their neighborhood than the standard city streetlights and agreed to pay $3,400 a year for special decorative streetlights. Decorative lights are monthly rentals from Santee Cooper.
Since that initial agreement, Harbor Lights has returned the streets of the neighborhood to the city.
Because their streets are now owned by the city and the city has decorative lights in other areas, the HOA requested that the city support the annual payment of $3,400.
The city has installed decorative lights on other streets such as Ocean Boulevard, Upper Surfside Drive, 3rd Avenue South Promenade and 14th South at no cost to nearby residents. City administrator William Shanahan said these areas had underground wiring and standard streetlights would not work there.
Councilman Chris Stamey voted against the measure. He said that now if anyone in town doesn’t like their streetlights, all they have to do is complain to city hall and they can get the decorative lights.
“That’s not the case at all,” replied councilor Cindy Keating.
Keating said the proposal only offers the option of new lighting for areas where underground wiring is installed and complaining to the city about the lighting is not the way to go.
In a separate action, the city’s chief financial officer, Diana King, told council that nearly $7.7 million had been spent so far to rebuild the city’s pier. She said the expected final cost of the new pier would be $17.7 million.
King said the city should get $9.9 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and must use other local funding options to pay for the remaining costs.
The pier was destroyed in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew.
Earlier this month, Shanahan said the pier’s completion date is set for fall this year. He added that the city will be able to use the pier this summer to resume its annual Fourth of July fireworks display.