MURRELLS INLET, SC (WCBD) – A late Murrells Inlet business owner was honored over the weekend with an artificial reef that was deployed off the coast of Georgetown County.
Jessica Perry died in a fire at her bait and tackle shop back in 2017.
The Department of Natural Resources supplied the concrete barrels that will eventually grow into a reef.
Friends say the gesture was appropriate.
“She loved marine life, and she loved all of her fishermen,” said Claire Collins, who worked for Perry at the bait and tackle shop. “It gives them a place that they can go and fish, or just to know that it’s there.”
Perry’s Bait and Tackle Shop will do another reef drop next year for the late owner of Dave’s Bait and Tackle Shop in Murrells Inlet.
Perry’s ex-husband is charged with arson and murder in the case.