Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2023

77 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com for me because it is an area I really care about,” said Shuler. “It is going to be improved but maintain the local soul that the marina store has always had for me.” The marina consists of two parts. The first part is the marina and boat launch which houses a public boat ramp, several docks on either side and a gas pump area. The second part is the ship store building which contains public bathrooms, a seating area overlooking the water and a shop full of all the boating essentials one might need for a summer day. During this project, every aspect of the Isle of Palms Marina will be renovated to improve the visitor experience. So far this year, the docks have been replaced to remove old, splintering wood. Ongoing projects include renovating the ship store and redesigning the parking lot. The marina store is getting a facelift to freshen it up and make it more welcoming for visitors. “Our new management team has a lot of experience and will be able to run the store effectively,” Shuler said. As the area has grown, Shuler believes that the parking lot is no longer able to accommodate the number of visitors coming to the marina in the summer. To fix the issue, he is working to reorganize and repave the parking lot in a more efficient way. Due to the ongoing construction, the boat launch is only open to Isle of Palms residents, but as soon as the finishing touches are complete, the public will be able to enjoy the updates. “We are very close to being finished and re-opened,” Shuler said. “We are very excited. It is only a matter of weeks.” The marina renovation is not the first to bring new life to this area. Last spring, locals Dave and Chrissy Lorenz, the islands Makeover