Last boat cleaned up from Hurricane Matthew at Palmetto Bay Marina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -
On Monday was the last boat cleanup at the Palmetto Bay Marina following the destruction of Hurricane Matthew.
For residents here at the Palmetto Bay Marina, they say it’s been a long time coming, but Monday finally marks the end of their nightmare after Hurricane Matthew.
“The view was very very difficult to look at," said Paige Duewel, Palmetto Bay Club Resident. "There was a 50-foot cruiser in my backyard”
Abandoned and displaced boats, a dock completely destroyed, all thanks to Hurricane Matthew.
“It was a never ending nightmare. I kept imagining it landing in my living room,” said Duewel.
That nightmare ends with the last remaining boat, the Pegasus was finally removed.
Five months and over three sets of contractors later, thanks to support from the Palmetto Bay Relief Fundraiser. She says this was a true community effort and a showing of what it means to be “Hilton Head Strong”.
“Because this is our home. This is our community. And we will not stop until it’s back to before the Hurricane,” said Duewel.
Even with all the work ahead she says there’s a new feeling when she steps outside her door.
“Relief. A happy and very very, everybody’s very happy and very thankful,” said Duewel.
Going forward, they hope to have the marina fully restored and have the boat dock completely repaired and back in the water. But for many of the residents spoken with today, they say they are just happy to have their beautiful view back. .