As virtually all cruisers are aware by now, Georgetown experienced a horrendous fire on the harbor waterfront several weeks ago. We are once again greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing the superb, in-depth article and photographs on Georgetown’s recovery. THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN!
Claiborne, we’re very happy to report that the downtown area of Georgetown, SC is recovering nicely from the devastating fire that destroyed a block of historic buildings. All of the affected businesses have relocated throughout the downtown area, and all of them are either open for business or will be opening very soon.
Even though we arrived on a rainy and windy weekday with chilly temps, there was not a parking space to be had downtown. The shops and restaurants were busy and there were many visitors walking along the main street and on the Harborwalk.
The piles of debris still stand as a scar on the landscape and debris removal has been slowed due to finding asbestos in the ruins of the old buildings. This is not unusual for buildings of this age, but due to environmental regulations, the material can’t just be loaded on a truck and hauled away. The removal will continue as quickly as possible. The town is open for business and still welcoming to cruisers.
The marinas are all functional and doing their best to make us all feel at at home. The anchorage had about a half dozen cruising boats this evening, and there is space for more, even with the semi-permanently anchored boats that have
been here for quite a while.
There are two new restaurants in town and the city has many holiday celebrations and events planned between now and Christmas. The town is raising funds for victims of the fire by selling t-shirts in some shops and taking donations.We encourage boaters to come to Georgetown and show our support to a great waterfront town.
Chuck and Susan
The Great Book Of Anchorages
Trawler Beach House
Voyages of Sea Trek
Thanks Chuck and Susan…..Your kind words make every day better for all who are trying to recover from this devastating fire