Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) have shut down multiple swimming pools at an upscale Charleston-area resort.
According to our sources, two pools at The Beach Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C. – including its massive 30,000-square-foot center pool – were closed by health officials at around 3:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday afternoon.
“The DHEC employee tested the pool water and then posted the sign,” a source told us. “She then went to the larger pool – with the (hotel) logo on the bottom, tested its water and then posted the same sign on that pool.”
“Hotel guests slowly got out of both pools,” our source said, adding that “no explanation was given to guests.”
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Just last week, The Beach Club was referenced by Condé Nast as one of the world’s eight top waterfront resorts.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a more elegant and well-equipped place to stay by the water than at the 92-room Beach Club, which opened in October 2016,” the publication noted.
The local tourism website Charlestonly also recently listed the resort as having one of the Holy City’s “Top Ten Cool Pools.”
We’re still awaiting a response from SCDHEC as to what happened, but a source who works at the resort reached out to us late Tuesday to tell us the pool closures were part of a “routine check up.”
“They were just there doing some routine testing and there was nothing but a routine check up on the pools going on,” the source told us. “They only asked guests to vacate to get an accurate reading (and) so they could add chemicals without harming anyone until they filtered through. Guests have been allowed back swimming for hours now so please remove this from your site as it is affecting negatively on our business and it is not even true what you are posting!”
We just received the following message from Nick Saltmarsh, the general manager of The Beach Club:
Two pools at our hotel were closed on Tuesday voluntarily by our management team due to ph/chlorine levels being off balance. After a routine inspection, DHEC assured us that it was safe to keep the pools open, but in keeping our guests’ health and safety as our utmost priority, we chose to close both pools until the chemical levels could be adjusted. We are happy to report that we have resolved the imbalance and both pools have reopened and our guests are currently enjoying them.
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