Port Royal revival: Boat storage facility and Dockside restaurant said on the way back

A large Port Royal boat storage building will stay and a popular restaurant will receive a boost toward its return if the potential buyers close a deal to redevelop a large tract of waterfront property, town officials decided Wednesday.

Port Royal Town Council voted to allow the dry stack building to stay at the end of London Avenue near Port Royal’s waterfront, changing a development agreement that called for the building to come down when the property sells. Council members also agreed to use a chunk of the insurance proceeds from a 2015 fire to help restore and reopen Dockside restaurant on 11th Street.

In the end, council decided the potential economic boost to the growing town with a small budget outweighed longstanding complaints about the look of the boat storage building and noise concerns.

“I apologize in advance if I don’t please everyone,” Councilwoman Mary Beth Heyward said before the vote. “We have to do what’s in the best interest of this town overall as a group and not certain areas.

I hope we can all live with those decisions.”

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