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Improvements to two boat landings in northern Beaufort County moved closer to fruition Tuesday after a committee recommended approving contracts to build a floating dock at Wimbee Creek Landingand create four beach access points along Bay Point Road in the Lands End area.
Two of the three proposed stairways to the Beaufort River beachfrontat Lands End on St. Helena Island would replace ones that have deteriorated and are too narrow to meet current code requirements, according to a report from county engineer Bob Klink before the Public Facilities Committee.
Patterson Construction of Beaufort, which bid just less than the $45,000 the county budgeted for the capital improvement, also would install a new walkway that would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
County public works director Eddie Bellamy said he doesn't know when the work would begin. The contract first must be approved by County Council.
Bellamy said if the contract is approved, Alpha Construction Co. of Savannah wouldprobably start work on the new dock at Wimbee Creek in mid-January, after peak boating and duck hunting season. He estimated the $121,000 project would take no more than two months.
"It's important to give the citizens on the northern end of the county the same access viability to the water as we give to the other citizens of the county," said councilman and committee member Gerald Dawson.
That project is one of eight boating access improvements proposed to be funded through a $510,750 grant from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The grant requires a match of $170,250, which will come from the county's water recreation fund.
So far, the county has completed renovations to Butchers Island Ramp and Paige Point Landing, where a dock also was added.
It is seeking bids for new docks at Eddings Point Landing and Wallace Landing, which will get renovations to its boat ramp.
Bellamy said the county is still looking for ways to fund security lighting improvements at Russ Point, Edgar Glenn and H.E. Trask boat landings within the grant's budget.