GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - People who use the Bushy Park boat landing in Berkeley County say their boats are getting damaged because the water there is too shallow, and it may take another year before the problem is fixed.
When you get to the landing there are two sides where you can put your boat in. One is the freshwater side. The other is the saltwater side and that’s where the problems are.
The water at the boat ramp is very shallow, especially at low tide.
Tony Ho has been fishing here for 15 years.
“Every time, people come fishing, look here, they can’t fish it because there’s no water,” Ho said Tuesday.
Scott Johnson also has gone fishing here and also has had issues with the shallow water.
“Now it’s so bad I can’t even bring my boat out here because even at high tide I’m scared I’m still not going to be able to get out,” Johnson said.
The other concern is boats getting damaged.
“Every year I have to pay for my motors. It’s more than $10,000 just in and out stuck in the mush. Water pump gets in it and it burn up the engine up sometime,” Ho said.
Berkeley County planned to dredge the landing after the project was approved in a one cent sales tax referendum in 2014.
However former county supervisor Bill Peagler scrapped the plan for a new mega boat landing site farther up the river on property that was supposed to be donated to the county.
New supervisor Johnny Cribb says after he won the June primary he was told the landowners never approved the donation and had no plans to do so.
So the county went back to the original plan to dredge at the Bushy Park landing.
It could be awhile before the deepening is done. County spokeswoman Hannah Moldenhauer says first the county has to apply for a permit to do the work. She says that could take nine months. The dredging could take five to eight months meaning it might be the end of 2020 before it’s finished.
Boaters will be watching and waiting for action.
“Hope the officials will do what they say they’re gonna do. I mean we’ve been waiting for years to do something out here. Yet they’re using all of our tax dollars to put towards this,” Johnson said.
Moldenhauer says she doesn’t know how much it will cost taxpayers for the dredging because the project is still in the planning stages.
We tried to contact Peagler for a comment, but he was not available at any of the phone numbers we tried.