Myrtle Beach State Park Manager Troy Crider estimates that the park will be fully open within the next 30–90 days as of October 5.
Hurricane Ian has destroyed part of the pier, which is why officials have had to temporarily close the park.
Fully fixing the pier, however, will take longer. Crider doesn’t have an estimate yet on when they will have the entire pier repaired.
As for the sea turtle nest at the park, it wasn’t damaged during the hurricane.
“We were very fortunate in that category,” said Crider. “Everything had hatched prior to the storm, so all of our nests were able to be inventoried prior to the storm arriving.”
Huntington Beach State Park was also closed because of Hurricane Ian, but it opened again on October 6. One of the boardwalks floated away, and the park had severe flooding.
Myrtle Beach Travel Park is another open park that reopened on October 6. They spent six days cleaning up after Hurricane Ian.
Park employees are continuing to clean up Myrtle Beach Travel Park, although it is now open. Visitors might see some heavy equipment in the park until they complete cleanup efforts.
Fannie Gee, a local artist, was inspired by the starfish that she saw washed up on shore from the hurricane at Myrtle Beach Travel Park. She took a photo and made a painting of the image.
Gee will have an exhibit at Myrtle Beach Travel Park’s upcoming art show.