- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

PORT ROYAL, S.C. (AP) - Port Royal has decided to keep the town shrimp docks open for at least another season after town officials earlier considered closing them down.

The Beaufort Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1XrhlAh ) the docks have long been a strain on town finances.

Town officials have agreed that, as shrimping season gets underway, the docks will remain open. But the proposed budget includes only $300,000 to operate the docks, down from $500,000 last year.

Town leaders have met with representatives of Clemson, the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and the Bluffton Oyster Company to discuss ways to improve operations at the docks.

It’s a situation that was made worse by a fire last year that destroyed an adjacent seafood market and a machine that made ice that kept the shrimp fresh.


Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, https://www.beaufortgazette.com

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