Officials work to reopen Kingfisher Inn after temporary closure

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Officials have determined that Kingfisher Inn is repairable and are working to find the exact project scope, costs for repair, and the timeline for the projected reopening of the hotel.

The information comes after a meeting with the owners of the hotel, the company’s engineer, and several county officials Tuesday afternoon. The meeting was originally set for Monday.

Officials said the meeting was constructive and everyone is working together to develop the best possible outcome. Their first priority is the safety of the building.

Over the next two weeks, management and the Kingfisher Inn’s Board of Directors will be communicating with the resort’s ownership through email and their owner’s portal on its status.

Kingfisher Inn was closed and evacuated last Wednesday and remains closed through at least April 11 after the company’s engineer raised concerns about its structural integrity during a recent inspection.

The high-rise hotel was built in 1960 with pre-case tiling known to be weather-resistant, but only to a foundational depth of 40 feet.

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Taylor Ford is a digital journalist for News13. She joined the News13 team in January 2023. Taylor is a Florence native and covers the Pee Dee out of News13’s Florence Bureau. Read more of Taylor’s work here.

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