Proposed marine industrial park project pushes forward

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. – After three years of planning, the partners behind a proposed marine industrial park have committed to building on a $3.5 million, 150-acre site in Horry County, S.C., according to a recent report in The Sun News.The partners include Horry County, the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp., Santee Cooper and Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority.

The park will be located at the former Bucksport Marina site off of U.S. 701 near where the Intracoastal Waterway flows into the Waccamaw River, one of a few deep water sites in the region, according to the newspaper.

Over the next 12 to 18 months, county and economic development officials will put roads, utilities and engineering in place to make the park sellable for business prospects.

While the park may prove alluring to heavy lift projects such as mobile hospitals that would be put on barges and shipped to off-site areas where an emergency has occurred or wind turbines for coastal wind energy projects, other possibilities include boat builders, boat maintenance companies or raw material producers, the newspaper reported.

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