Pier Committee

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  • Robert Krouse (Chair)
    Term: February 22, 2022 to February 22, 2026
  • Vacant 
  • Vacant
  • John Hiatt
    Term: February 22, 2022 to February 22, 2026
  • Dusty McCracken
    Term: February 22, 2022 to February 22, 2026
  • Mayor Hellyer, 2022 Council Liaison


The ad hoc pier committee was established on February 22, 2022.

In April 2022, the town conducted a survey on behalf of the pier committee. Read the results (PDF) of that survey.

In November 2022, at the town's annual Family Festival, the pier committee conducted an additional survey. Read the results (PDF) of that survey.


The primary responsibility of the Pier Committee is to assist the Town in soliciting and executing prudent strategy and policy for the commercial use of the available space on and surrounding the Surfside Beach Fishing Pier. In fulfilling its responsibility, the Pier Committee shall perform functions that include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Identify potential uses (mobile and permanent), businesses, and/or purposes that would benefit the Town; evaluate potential uses for pros and cons, including obtaining feedback from the Town's stakeholders
  • Identify the potential market value of leased spaces and potential candidates for targeted Requests for Proposals (RFP) processes.
  • Engage in addressing potential operational issues and/or improvements that may arise over time
  • Provide recommendations to the Town Council, including the pros and cons of such recommendations


The Pier Committee shall consist of 5 members. All members must be a resident or business owners of the Town. Residents or business owners may apply for a place on the Pier Committee as vacancies occur. Town Council shall appoint members from a pool of applicants at a regular scheduled Town Council meeting. Each member shall serve a four-year term. All members of the Pier Committee serve at the pleasure of the Town Council and may be added or removed at any time as the Town Council deems appropriate.

At the first meeting of each year, the Pier Committee members shall meet to elect a Committee Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. Each shall serve a one-year term. The Vice-Chair shall fulfill the Chair's duties in their absence.

The Chair will preside over the Pier Committee meetings, including setting the agenda. The Chair shall present Pier reports of feedback, issues and recommended solutions, or other recommended actions to the Town Council as necessary.

A Town Councilmember will be assigned to attend all Pier Committee meetings and act as a liaison between the Town Council and the Pier Committee. The Councilmember will only act as a liaison and will not run or otherwise interfere with Pier Committee meetings, evaluations of solutions, or selection of recommendations.


The Pier Committee meetings will be held as called by the Chair. Pier Committee members must be present for each meeting. The Town Council may remove a committee member if they miss three or more consecutive meetings. The Chair will conduct all meetings in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order and shall comply with all Town ordinances and State Law. The Chair will meet with the Town Administrator for all recommendations prior to presenting them to Town Council.

The Secretary shall take meeting minutes at all meetings of the Pier Committee and present the prior meeting for approval. The approved meeting minutes shall be promptly provided to the Town Clerk after being approved.


The Pier Committee shall remain in effect until otherwise disbanded through completion of its work. The Town Council may vote to disband the Pier Committee if the primary responsibility is no longer necessary.

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